If the leaking of the CIA agent was no big deal, as many Republicans are asserting now:
(1) why didn't Rove simply come forward when this issue started heating up two years ago?
(2) why did Bush explicitly state that outing a CIA agent was unacceptable and that anyone within his administration who was involved with doing so would be dealt with accordingly?
(3) why didn't we hear from the gobs of Republicans now defending Rove either before a special prosecutor was hired to investigate it, or at any other time before they knew Rove was involved?
I guess what I'm getting at is that I think the Republicans who are downplaying this incident are full of shit. For what it's worth, I also think folks who are saying that it's nearly impossible to convict Rove of the crime of knowingly outing an undercover agent are probably right -- that doesn't change the fact that what he did was reprehensible, and that he isn't fit to be in any presidential administration.