McClellan in a "bad spot" over Rove: The net's abuzz, at least the lefternmost portion of it, over a just-concluded White House press conference in which press secretary Scott McClellan twisted in the wind over uncharacteristic and relentless questioning by reporters about Karl Rove's outing--by name or by inference--of CIA agent Plame. This exchange followed a question about whether McClellan stood behind his 2003 statement that four Bush insiders, including Rove, assured him they had nothing to do with the leak:
QUESTION: Scott, this is ridiculous. The notion that you're going to stand before us, after having commented with that level of detail, and tell people watching this that somehow you've decided not to talk.

You've got a public record out there. Do you stand by your remarks from that podium or not?

MCCLELLAN: I'm well aware, like you, of what was previously said. And I will be glad to talk about it at the appropriate time. The appropriate time is when the investigation...

QUESTION: (inaudible) when it's appropriate and when it's inappropriate?

MCCLELLAN: If you'll let me finish.

QUESTION: No, you're not finishing. You're not saying anything.

You stood at that podium and said that Karl Rove was not involved. And now we find out that he spoke about Joseph Wilson's wife. So don't you owe the American public a fuller explanation. Was he involved or was he not? Because contrary to what you told the American people, he did indeed talk about his wife, didn't he?

MCCLELLAN: There will be a time to talk about this, but now is not the time to talk about it.

QUESTION: Do you think people will accept that, what you're saying today?

MCCLELLAN: Again, I've responded to the question.

QUESTION: You're in a bad spot here, Scott...
And: Scotty then and now.

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