I can't say I'm surprised that Turdblossom was right at the center of the US Attorney purge. I'd be more surprised if it were the reverse, if he were not involved.
But what I don't understand is why Alan Weh, head of NM's GOP, would offer such damning quotes about Rove's involvement to McClatchy:
"Is anything ever going to happen to that guy?" Weh said he asked Rove at a White House holiday event that month.
"He's gone," Rove said, according to Weh.
"I probably said something close to 'Hallelujah,"' said Weh.
With just those comments, after all, Weh provided real backing to David Iglesias' accusations that he was fired for political reasons. It has put the White House in real spin mode, offering non-denial denials of Rove's centrality to the story.
Rove relayed complaints from Republican officials and others to the Justice Department and the White House counsel's office. She said Rove, the chief White House political operative, specifically recalled passing along complaints about former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias and may have mentioned the grumblings about Iglesias to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Rove said he did not suggest that any of the U.S. attorneys be forced to resign,
And it made it a lot more likely that Turdblossom will be making a little visit to John Conyers' committee in the near future.
Weh's comments made it much more likely this whole scandal will do damage to the NM GOP, to say nothing of the GOP more generally. So why did he make the comments?
I can think of three possibilities:
McClatchy (ne Knight Ridder, the one news outlet to expose the intelligence games that led to war) is just that good
This is certainly a likely possibility. After all, in addition to Weh, Pete Domenici, and Heather Wilson, the original article quotes two more NM Republicans who appear to be involved in this (but who deny any direct involvement): Paul Kennedy and Pat Rogers. It sure sounds like McClatchy has been calling anyone in NM who might be involved. Perhaps Weh just couldn't help himself.
Someone advised Weh to be honest
This thing sure seems to be headed someplace interesting. So it's possible that Weh lawyered up and his lawyer advised him it'd be a good idea to be scrupulously honest. Still, there's a difference between being honest and ruining all the political work you've done over many years. If he had a lawyer advising him, don't you think he'd hold his honesty until he was actually subpoenaed (particularly since it looks like he may be directly involved)?
There's some weird factionalism going on here
The other possibility is that someone has decided to cleanse the Republican party of Karl Rove and gave Weh the go-ahead to blab his mouth. I still doubt this--the costs of this are too high, with the potential to take out both Rove and Abu Gonzales, not to mention NM's two Republican Congresspeople. But if someone wanted to ensure that Rove got in trouble, having Weh leak it would sure be a good way to do so.
The story is about an incompetent United States attorney, and that’s where I think your focus needs to be.