Book report

We think of it as a kind of perp parade in waiting: the list of Bush administration officials we hope will someday end up behind bars. At the top of this hit list, of course, is the George the Bushman himself, with the Dickster Cheney coming in a photo-finish second. Close on their heels in the No. 3 slot is pasty-faced doughboy Karl Rove, the man Bush playfully nicknamed Turd Blossom — which, as far as we're concerned, is about the only thing Bush got right in his nearly eight years in office.

We bring this up now because, on Monday, Detroit's own John Conyers, the Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, invited former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan to testify next week. McClellan is the former White House press secretary much seen lately out promoting his kiss-ass-and-tell book What Happened, which gives an insider's view of the "propaganda" campaign engineered by the administration to gain public support for invading Iraq,

"I have extended an invitation to Mr. McClellan to testify before the Judiciary Committee after discussions between Committee staff and his attorneys," Conyers announced. "In his book, Mr. McClellan suggests that senior White House officials may have obstructed justice and engaged in a cover-up regarding the Valerie Plame leak. This alleged activity could well extend beyond the scope of the offenses for which Scooter Libby has been convicted and deserves further attention."

McClellan — who is now being slammed by administration minions as someone who sounds an awful lot like a deluded left-wing blogger — reportedly accepted the invite.

So, what's all this have to do with Rove?

We know that McClellan thinks Rove, formerly Bush's deputy chief off staff, lied to him — and by extension the American people — about his alleged involvement in the outing of CIA agent Plame.

Rove, by the way, has no interest in being placed under oath and answering questions from Conyers about anything. Past attempts to get him to testify about White House skulduggery have been refused citing claims of executive privilege.

Are all these dots eventually going to get connected? And will those dots form a path that leads to prison?

We can only dream.

Go get 'em, John.

News Hits is edited by Curt Guyette. Contact him at 313-202-8004 or [email protected]
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