You can lead a horse to water…

…but you can’t always make them think.

Remember that one time when there was like this big hurricane and all the media were all agressive ‘n stuff and really held politicians accountable for their failures?

Yeah, we don’t either. Seems like ages ago. The White House press corps missed a golden opportunity to turn to Scott McClellan and say–if I may quote Marky Mark here–“I wanna see sweat coming out your pores.”

In their Sunday story, The Post’s Walter Pincus and Jim VandeHei gave the press corps some excellent fodder with which to grill McClellan.

    Libby, Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, came into clearer focus. Libby, a central figure in the probe since its earliest days and the vice president’s main counselor, discussed Plame with at least two reporters but testified that he never mentioned her name or her covert status at the CIA, according to lawyers in the case.

    His story is similar to that of Karl Rove, President Bush’s top political adviser. Rove, who was not an initial focus of the investigation, testified that he, too, talked with two reporters about Plame but never supplied her name or CIA role.

    Their testimony seems to contradict what the White House was saying a few months after Plame’s CIA job became public.

    In October 2003, White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters that he personally asked Libby and Rove whether they were involved, “so I could come back to you and say they were not involved.” Asked if that was a categorical denial of their involvement, he said, “That is correct.”

So, you’d think someone would again press McClellan on his statement during yesterday’s news conference, right?

You’d think.