This evening after dinner, Geeky Boy suddenly launched into a discussion about the whole Karl Rove/Valerie Plame affair. I’d reproduce it, Bitch, Ph.D.-style, but it was way too complicated. At first, GB didn’t quite get how Karl Rove was in trouble; he didn’t seem to have anything to do with it. Then I explained how leaking a CIA agent’s name to the public was illegal and I explained the basic history of the story. Then he said, “Why isn’t Bob Novak in jail? How is it that a woman who didn’t publish anything is in jail, but Bob Novak isn’t?” A good question. I explained a little of Scrivener’s theory. That kind of confused him and he ended up thinking that they should all be punished.
Do you know how hard it is to explain to a 10-year-old the inner workings of politics?