Moveon.org stirring Plame controversy

Group planning demonstation at White House

NEW YORK — The London terrorist bombings gave senior White House aide Karl Rove a respite, but he emerged Wednesday back at the center of a media storm surrounding his involvement in the Valerie Plame case. And one fiercely partisan group is looking to leverage both the media and the storm.

Following reporters’ hammering of White House spokesman Scott McClellan in Monday’s press briefing and cable talking heads running at full steam about Rove’s role in outing Plame as a CIA undercover operative, the staunchly lefty MoveOn.org announced plans for a major demonstration in front of the White House today (Thursday).

Controversial George Soros-funded group promised “Excellent visuals of White House backdrop with hundreds of signs and protestors in foreground” in its press release touting the demonstration.

Taking its cue from the Monday press briefing – when reporters repeatedly reminded McClellan that he had said on Sept. 29, 2003, “If anyone in this administration was involved in (theValerie Plame leak), they would no longer be in this administration” – MoveOn.org said demonstrators will call for Bush to make good on that statement.

Protesters will be carrying signs reading, “Stop the Cover-up and Fire Karl Rove.” How many protesters will show up is another matter. “I expect a couple hundred,” said Tom Matzzie, Washington director for MoveOn.org. “But it’s always a crap-shoot. Normally we can motivate about 600-700 people on a weekday, but this won’t be at lunch time.”

Demonstration is clearly designed for cameras. “The visual metaphor of angry people outside the White House could be very effective in sending a message that something is wrong,” said Matzzie.

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