Karl Gums the Republicans

From Holden:

I was interested to read Scout’s post this morning about Karl Rove threatening the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Congressional sources said Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove has threatened to blacklist any Republican who votes against the president. The sources said the blacklist would mean a halt in any White House political or financial support of senators running for re-election in November.

Wow, all those Republicans on the committee who are running for re-election in November must be scared.

Both of them.

That’s right, only two Republican committee members, Mike DeWine of Ohio and John Kyl of Arizona, are up for re-election come November. DeWine is in serious trouble in Ohio, so despite his insistence yesterday that the Bush Assministration needed to clear it’s illegal eavesdropping with Congress he is most likely to succumb to Rove’s pressure.

Kyl’s seat on the other hand is reasonably safe. However, can anyone imagine a tool like John Kyl bucking the Chimpster on this issue?

Who is Rove trying to pressure? Cornyn, Sessions and Coburn belong in the toolbox with Kyl, Graham has already fallen into his “I’m concerned but voting with the President” schtick, Hatch never met a dictatorial Republican policy he didn’t like, Grassley doesn’t care as long as he gets his agricultural subsidies, and Brownback will only be concerned if Chimpy starts tapping the phone conversations of the unborn. Specter will be 80 before he faces another election in 2010 and is likely to retire. Rove’s threat is toothless, the man is slipping.

I find it interesting that this information about Rove flexing his flab comes to us via the Washington Times’ Insight magazine, the same publication that told us last month:

The Bush administration is bracing for impeachment hearings in Congress.

Has the Washington Times decided they’ve had enough of Karl Rove? Successive articles focusing on his fear of impeachment and his attempts to manipulate the Judiciary Committee can’t be the kind of press Rove wants right now.