It's foolhardy to thing you can accurately predict the future, or read minds, or look into the past and see behind closed doors. But given the political smoke signals coming out of Washington and elsewhere right now, it's hard not to speculate on what they may mean.
Somewhere on the edge of the radarscope is President Bush's "consultations" with Democratic and Republican Senators on the subject of Supreme Court nominees, something not at all consistent with Mr. Bush's normal "my way or the highway" mode of operating.
Speaking of inconsistent--stories are coming out now of plans to withdraw British and US troops from Iraq sometime next year.
The Downing Street Memos still seem to be gaining traction.
John Bolton, off the radar for over a month, announced today that he'll accept a "recess appointment" as Ambassador to the UN. Mighty big of him, if you ask me, but I'm not entirely sure he isn't going to get pulled into a bigger story than the one he's in now.
Hill Republicans are rallying around Karl Rove. I've suspected for some time that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has bigger fish to fry than Karl. Exactly how high up he goes may depend on what Time reporter Matt Cooper tells the grand jury today.
What does all this portend? Here's my guess--and it's just a guess--but I think Fitzgerald's looking to blow the lid off the Bush administration's entire run up to the war in Iraq: who was in charge of shaping intelligence where, who purposely suppressed information not friendly to the White House objectives, and most importantly, who was the puppet master manipulating the whole thing.
I expect, at a minimum, that Cheney, Bolton, and Rumsfeld will be drawn into Fitzgerald's investigation. I think they expect it too, and they're trying to do some preemptive damage control. That would explain the softening on the Supreme Court nominee process, and the "leak" of the memo on troop withdrawal plans.
We'll see what happens. I'll be especially curious to see what Patrick Fitzgerald does after he talks to Matt Cooper in front of the grand jury. If he starts filing charges against people, stand by.
And please keep in mind that this is all just conjecture on my part. (Although if I turn out to be mostly right, I might brag about it just a little.)