Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Bleeding Obvious 

We have naturally assumed that Scooter Libby lied his ass off to the grand jury on a spontaneous, goofy whim -- and why not? Who among us has never submitted to the imp of the perverse? -- but Carol D. Leonnig and Jim VandeHei of the Washington Post have concocted a rather more rococo hypothesis, and unless we are are mistaken they seem to be inviting their readership to contemplate the outlandish possibility that Mr. Libby might have lied his ass off intentionally, to protect someone in a position of power. Perhaps even his boss, Dick Cheney, who is a regular paragon of integrity (as 29% of Americans will gladly tell you)!

Our head, needless to say, is spinning like a plate on a stick held by Linda Blair in The Exorcist, and we hope the President will take to his podium ASAP to make another speech denouncing Ms. Leonnig, Mr. VandeHei, and all the playa hatas of the fourth estate as irresponsible lying busybodies. Strike back, Mr. President. Hit 'em again, hit 'em again, harder, harder! -- as you used to chant on the playing fields, during your glory days as the unchallenged lord of the pom-poms.

(Elsewhere, the irrepressible Murray Waas reports that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is encouraging Mr. Libby to share a few of his reminiscences about Karl Rove's part in the Plame scandal:
The ongoing investigation means that Rove's legal status is likely to remain up in the air until the final disposition of Libby's case. That could be two years from now, or even longer. Rove's predicament contradicts recent news accounts indicating that Fitzgerald will conclude his probe of Rove in the near future.
Mr. Rove retains his job and his security clearance, even though, as Newsweek reports,
When asked whether anyone in the administration “acted unethically” in the case involving the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s name, a 54-percent majority of Americans said they did—and 30 percent of Republicans said they did. And 45 percent of Americans believe someone in the “Bush administration broke the law and acted criminally”—including 22 percent of Republicans.)

| | Technorati Links | to Del.icio.us