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It Was Rove

Of course it was. Who else would it be? Bob Novak reported today that a GOP official asked Joe Lieberman to tell McCain to take his name off the VP list. Now Jonathan Martin reports that that was Karl Rove, and that Lieberman responded with a laugh.

Republican strategist Karl Rove called Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) late last week and urged him to contact Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to withdraw his name from vice presidential consideration, according to three sources familiar with the conversation.

Lieberman dismissed the request, these sources agreed.

Lieberman "laughed at the suggestion and certainly did not call [McCain] on it," said one source familiar with the details.

"Rove called Lieberman," recounted a second source. "Lieberman told him he would not make that call."

Which means that a lot of Republicans are nervous tonight.