Novak & Rove

So will the president fire Rove NOW?

WASHINGTON – Columnist Robert Novak said publicly for the first time Tuesday that White House political adviser Karl Rove was a source for his story outing the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame.

In a column, Novak also says his recollection of his conversation with Rove differs from what the Rove camp has said.

“I have revealed Rove’s name because his attorney has divulged the substance of our conversation, though in a form different from my recollection,” Novak wrote. Novak did not elaborate.

And will we have weeks-long sieges of the White House press secretary until he does? Will sanctimonious members of his party rise and ask that the president tell the nation when he first knew his most trusted advisor had compromised our national security? Will CNN make a fancy logo for the story? Will Nightline count down the days until we hear one way or the other?

Silly questions, I know. But they should be asked and answered, nonetheless.