I will leave it to Kevin Drum to ponder the substance of the column -- whether the monied elites have really turned against Bush or if they are just letting off steam -- but I was stuck by this Novak remark:
"All discussions are off the record," admonished the conference's printed schedule. Consequently, I will refrain from specifically quoting panelists and audience members.
The Robert Novak who, because Plame's official cover was that she was working for a private company, revealed both Plame's cover and the cover of all of the other covert operatives associated with that company.
The Robert Novak who compromised potentially every individual overseas who had been in contact with that company or with her.
I guess Robert Novak must hold the confidentiality statement on the Aspen conference schedule in higher esteem than either the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 (PL97-200, 50 U.S. Code Secs. 421–426) or Title 18, United States Code, Section 641.
Robert Novak, you have once again earned your hard-won title.