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White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan took questions from reporters twice today, once in an informal gaggle this morning, and again in the formal briefing room this afternoon. Those of us who've lamented the fact that the WH press corps was negligent in following up on the Plame scandal last week have nothing to complain about today. The reporters smell blood.
There have been literally dozens of briefings over the last two years in which McClellan responded to hundreds of questions about the Plame scandal, Karl Rove, the president's knowledge of the situation, White House efforts to identify the leakers, the Justice Department's probe, etc. Today, with Rove's role in the controversy on the front page, all of a sudden McClellan doesn't want to comment on the criminal investigation. How terribly convenient. McClellan didn't mind commenting before, but now he's shy.
Make no mistake: this is a sign of White House panic. If they had a persuasive spin to get out of this jam, they'd use it. They don't, so we've entered "no comment" land.
Update: Think Progress has the full transcript of today's briefing and C&L has video. It's almost comedic.