I’m sort of tired of the all-Rove, all-the-time commentary going on in the blogosphere. But not so tired that I won’t add to it.
The Republican efforts to duck the Rove scandal remind me of the old sea god Nereus. To perform his 11th task, Hercules had to find the garden of the Hesperides. Only Nereus seemed to know its location. Hercules began to wrestle Nereus to compel the information only to have Nereus turn from an old man into a young man then no longer a man, but a huge and slippery seal, which all but succeeded in plunging into the sea.
Hercules held on until the seal also was exhausted. Then the seal changed into a gigantic crab, the crab into a crocodile, the crocodile into a mermaid, the mermaid into a sea-serpent, the sea-serpent into an albatross, the albatross into an octopus, the octopus into a mass of sea-weed, which was the hardest to hold of all. But the sea-weed turned back into the old man again. All of his shapes exhausted, Nereus told Hercules where the garden of the Hesperides were.
Efforts to explain why Rove isn’t a bad guy, and why Bush shouldn’t show him the door shift almost as quickly as rationales for invading Iraq. It’s probably too much to ask that we keep the pressure on long enough to wear them down to the point of simply telling the truth.