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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Bookends, or a Pleasing Symmetry 

We're sure that you have already visited our stalwart colleagues at Crooks & Liars to view the videoclip from ABC's This Week in which George Stephanopoulos, discussing the latest developments in the Plame case, casually lobs this little green pineapple:
Definitely a political problem, but I wonder, George Will, do you think it’s a manageable one for the White House? Especially if we don’t know whether Fitzgerald is going to write a report or have indictments, but if he is able to show, as a source close to this told me this week, that President Bush and Vice President Cheney were actually involved in some of these discussions?
It is our natural tendency to scoff at paranoid conspiracy theories (as anyone who reads us regularly will be glad to tell you -- even the crack team of federal agents whose job it is to analyze every word we write for coded subversive content. Hey, fellas -- "They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them"! WOOOOOOO!!), but the first thing we thought of upon reading Mr. Stephanopoulos's remark was a post by "Unirealist" that we discovered yesterday in the comments section of Hullabaloo. It made us chuckle at the time, but we must admit that today it seems rather less far-fetched:
Suppose indictments are handed out and suppose Bush is named an unindicted co-conspirator? And then Bush tries to pardon all his indicted henchmen? Kids, can you spell constitutional crisis?

And who would sit in judgment? Why, I think the SCOTUS.

Which is now, with Roberts as Chief Justice, firmly in Bush's court.

Suppose, however, that Judith Miller had testified BEFORE the confirmation and indictments came down suddenly and queered the confirmation? Why, the SCOTUS, which would be the final arbiter in any constitutional crisis, would be at best deadlocked 4-4.

So, maybe the timing of Judy's folding her hand is NOT coincidence.
They put him in office five years ago. Will they be called upon to keep him in office a year or two from now?

UPDATE: On the subject of First Amendment Martyrdom . . . .
New York Times reporter Judith Miller tried a year ago to make a deal with the prosecutor investigating the leak of a CIA operative's identity but the prosecutor would not agree then to limit her testimony to Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide, her lawyer said on Sunday.
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