FireDogLake has the obvious explanation for why the criminal conspiracy that is the Bush Administration continues to stall Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald. It wasn't just the 2004 elections they were worried about. It was a desire to push everything past the 2006 elections so that Bush could grant presidential pardons to Karl Rove and his co-conspirators.
At the rate things are moving, it looks like they will succeed. Nevertheless, the press needs to start asking Bush at every opportunity: "Mr. President, are you going to pardon Karl Rove?" I realize that nothing will stop him from lying (again) but it would be nice to get him on the record.