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Harball Talks About Divisions In White House

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On Hardball tonight, Howard Fineman said the following:

FINEMAN: Right now, my sense, in reporting this, Chris, is that the Bush family, political family, is at war with itself inside the White House. My sense is, it‘s�it‘s�it‘s�it‘s Andy Card, the chief of staff, and his people against Karl Rove, the brain.

Andy Card, eh? Some speculate that since Rove has been busy with the possible Plame indictment, the Katrina relief and kidney stones, Card suggested Meirs for the SCOTUS position.

But wait, there’s more.

FINEMAN:And that runs through a whole lot of things, whether it‘s Harriet Miers or Katrina. But it all starts with Iraq.

And some submerged, but now emerging divisions within the administration over why we went into that war, how we went into that war and what was done to sell it. There are people are out for Karl Rove inside that White House, which makes his situation even more perilous.

My understanding, from talking to somebody quite close to this investigation, is that they think there are going to be indictments and possibly Karl Rove could be among them, if not for the act of the leaking information about Valerie Plame, then perhaps for perjury, because he‘s now testified four times.

And there are conflicts between what Matt Cooper told the grand jury and what Rove evidently told the jury himself. And Patrick Fitzgerald, the prosecutor, is an absolute stickler for detail who has no political axe to grind here, other than keeping his own credibility. Having put Judy Miller in jail, having gone to the lengths he had, my understand is, he has got some people here, not only Rove, but perhaps Scooter Libby, the vice president‘s chief of staff.

MATTHEWS: Let me ask you, you just raised a curtain-raiser for me. I didn‘t even know this.

You believe that the fight between those who may be headed toward indictment, the vice president‘s chief of staff, Karl Rove, there is a war between them and the people who are going to survive them, Andy Card, etcetera.

FINEMAN: Yes.

MATTHEWS: But is Andy Card saying now, here‘s his chance to prove the war was wrong? Is that what this�it‘s a shadow fight over that?

FINEMAN: I think it‘s possible. I think it‘s possible.

Possible, but not likely.

My guess is this some really big speculation on Fineman’s part. Rove wouldn’t let go of power so easily and the White House team wouldn’t break from the script so easily either. Andy’s house of cards, if you will, is built on top of the War on Terrorism, and its poster war is the preemptive Iraq War.

Does anybody really think White House insiders are going to come out against that strategy?

Again, not likely.