For anybody still following Jason Leopold's "scoop" that Karl Rove has been indicted (earlier discussion and mockery here) - the goalposts are being moved yet again, and may slip off below the horizon.
Mr. Leopold informed us last Saturday that Rove had already been indicted and had been given "24 hours" to "to get his affairs in order". After nothing happened on Sunday, that was modified to "24 business hours". Although somewhat unusual, "business hours" is apparently used by service centers and shipping firms and seems to mean, roughly, if a customer calls by 2PM on a business day, they will get service by 2PM the following business day.
However, additional caveats were heaped on top of that Leopold modification, and some commenters seriously suggested that, assuming an 8 hour business day, "24 business hours" means 3 business days. Wow - I had made the same suggestion, but I at least was kidding.
Whatever - Steve Leser, having chatted with Mr. Leopold, now explains that Mr. Leopold stands by his story and:
I am going to hold off further speculation until the end of the day on Friday, May 19, or until, how shall I put it, events obviously dictate otherwise. I thank my readers for being patient until then.
Oh, stop - I predicted a May 19 indictment as well. Does this mean I get to share credit with Leopold for his "scoop"?
Well, I may be wrong (No, really). In which case, I await the next explanation, equivocation, or prevarication.
What I no longer expect is for the Leopold apologists to say "We were wrong."
MORE: One suggestion that is no longer operative - Rove was told he would be indicted after the next episode of "24". However - maybe Rove was told to get his affairs in order within the next 24 billable hours. Although that would normally encompass only about 10 to 20 hours of human time.