Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Rove is evil

This guy keeps getting attacked, so there must be something to all the allegations, right? Well, I don't know the guy, but I have a hard time believing he's evil. He's pragmatic, and that probably gets plenty of people correctly mad. But that doesn't mean his goal is to do bad stuff to people.

This article attacks him for protecting the subscribers to a web site he runs ( from a spammer. I see this as a good thing, evidently others do not.

Here's a quote, and you'll see what I mean:

Rove said through White House spokeswoman Dana Perino that he "vaguely remembered" the spam onslaught, but did not recall making phone calls or e-mailing subordinates about it. He also said he could not recall whether he or any member of the White House or campaign contacted the Department of Justice about it.

However, e-mails, phone records and transcripts of secretly recorded phone conversations turned over to defense attorneys make it clear that Rove, in January 2005, was personally involved in finding the culprits who spammed the Bush campaign site.

Doesn't that evoke feelings of plame-war to you? It essentially says: He lied about what he said, and phone evidence proves it. My response - he didn't lie...he said he didn't remember calling anyone, not that he didn't call anyone. If he did call people (which I guess he did), then good for him. Anyone can report an illegal use of their mailing list to the authorities, and if more people did, then more spammers would go down in flames, and the companies that hire them would get in trouble. (so much for helping big business, Rover)

If the FBI took this case a bit more seriously than most reports, then that was their business. I can understand their reasoning, and I might be inclined to agree with them. However, Rove didn't have to ask them to take special care in this case for it to get special attention. The targets of the spam and where the e-mail addresses came from made the case garaunteed to get extra press attention when the story broke, thus giving the FBI good press for stopping annoying spam, and causing some spammers, at least, to think about what they're doing and the chance that they will also get caught.

I'm just tired of reactionary calls of "He's EVIL!!!" whenever Rove does something. Sure, lots of people don't like him, lots of people disagree with him, but that doesn't mean that whatever he does is automatically bad.

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