In a statement announcing the release of the video and the accompanying petition project, Greenwald writes:
All we have to do is pressure the 40 members of the House Judiciary Committee, make them hold Rove in contempt and send him to jail. We've never had such a direct opportunity to hold Rove accountable. No, this is not enough punishment for his years and years of crimes, but it's a huge start, and will send a very clear message to the entire Bush administration.
I'm sympathetic--believe me, I'm sympathetic--but any sentence about making a member of the Bush Mafia face justice that begins with the words "All we have to do is . . . " has a pretty starry-eyed view of the last two years of the HJC in action (and we won't bother mentioning the six years before that).
Also, let's be clear about one other thing: If the thought of letting Rove see a little time behind bars--even if it's only an hour or two, while he waits for Ted Olson to personally post his bail--pleases you because it sends a message to the entire Bush administration, I'm glad for you. Personally, I don't think the administration gives a crap about any message it gets sent (ask the EPA).
I think the reason for sending Karl Rove to prison for breaking the law is to send Karl Rove to prison for breaking the law.