There's a point that's probably worth raising with our scofflaw Republican friends.
All of their arguments now amount to excuses, like those of a small child caught stealing cookies:
Joe Wilson's a liar.
Plame's covert status wasn't protected well by the CIA.
It was just a short phone call.
Rove really wanted to speak about welfare reform.
Wilson said Cheney sent him to Africa.
Plame sent Wilson to Africa.
Rove leaked Plame's identity in the interests of good journalism.
Wilson went on too many TV shows.
On and on and on.
The salient point is not that each of these claims is false.
The point is that they're irrelevant.
It's the mid-life version of 'He hit me first!' or 'He called me a name!' or other such foolery.