Let me stagger down memory lane and revisit my coverage of this; maybe there will be some mortifying links to folks predicting great things from this suit, or astute commenters ridiculing it.
Here we go - unaware of a statute of limitations for their alleged causes of action, I predicted in June 2006 that we would not see a suit at all (OK, that didn't work out), mainly because of the many problems including the reason the judge dismissed this:
(2) Rove apparently won't be charged with a crime for leaking about Ms. Plame. Doesn't that suggest his first defense against any civil action will be to assert that he is a public official engaged in the performance of his duties? Since Libby was charged with perjury and obstruction rather than criminal leaking, doesn't he have the same defense?
For the Democrats, this civil suit represents an opportunity to depose Bush Administration officials and maybe strike gold with some embarrassing or even illegal tidbit (think Paula Jones). On the Republican side, there is a sense that Joe Wilson may be humiliated in discovery, along with the media and the anti-Administration CIA cabal alluded to recently by Rep. Peter Hoekstra.
Advantage - Democrats! Neither Joe Wilson, Tim Russert, nor George Tenet are candidates for anything; Bush won't be either, but he is the leader of his party, notionally at least. The Dems have a puncher's chance of scoring a big win; the Reps are more likely to "win" this suit, but what is victory - humiliating Joe Wilson? Been there, done that, and John Kerry cut him loose to ice the cake.
Within the confines of his base on the far left, Joe Wilson is a teflon legend and no discovery can shame him.
In September 2006 we had a link to the amended complaint.
And in May 2007 we had a post on the civil suit hearing, which prominently featured the immunity argument.
I certainly hope the timing of this dismissal doesn't hurt any of the Wilson's book and media deals.