It'll be interesting to see how quickly and thoroughly this buries the Roberts nomination. The Dems can definitely afford to punt on that for now, and milk this puppy for all it's worth.
After all, it's what the Republicans did the entire Clinton administration.
Remember all the pre-war ministrations from the Bush toadies to "connect the dots", that the preponderance of circumstantial evidence allowed for a certain amount of intuition to be used in arriving to a given conclusion? Well, we'll see if the steno pool wakes up and start connecting those dots, or if they get bogged down in memo minutiae and derail the narrative.
It's very simple: Karl Rove (and likely others, including Libby) used classified information to engage in an effort to discredit a critic of the Bush administration's reasoning and plans for going to war in Iraq. To suppose that neither Bush nor Cheney knew anything of this conspiracy of subordinates is to acknowledge an unconscionable level of incompetence and disconnectedness; to admit that they knew is to invite -- wait for it -- chimpeachment.
Because when you get right down to it, there's no way any previous president would have allowed this to go on for this long -- two years running -- and there's certainly no way any previous Congress would have allowed him to get away with two straight years of stonewalling and disassembling. But the only way this administration is ever really going to come clean about anything is if they're forced to -- and at that point, the whole façade will finally start to crumble.