The Valerie Plame story has finally and undeniably hit the big-time ? with White House chief political strategist Karl Rove now a central figure, press secretary Scott McClellan’s stonewalling recalling the darkest moments of previous administrations, and Democrats calling for blood.

Washington scandals sometimes flame out pretty fast. But signs thus far suggest that the White House’s say-nothing strategy is only feeding the conflagration, rather than starving it.

Reporters do not like being stonewalled after being handed a smoking gun. Smoking guns are sacred in Washington D.C. Do not screw around with smoking guns.

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