BRAVO! One Down, More to Go

It is encouraging that the jury found Scooter Libby guilty on most charges.

It will be amusing to watch the conservative elite howl that the verdict is a violation of their sacred right to rule by deceit.

If Libby turns state’s evidence to reduce his prison sentence, the White House could need roof repair real quick. Libby was nothing more than a tool of Dick Cheney.   Thus far, Cheney appears confident that all his falsehoods since 2001 are legally immune.

The Libby verdict highlights the role of institutional lying in DC.  Ironically, the front page of today’s Washington Post carries a story showing how the Democrats have chosen to protect themselves by gutting their resolution to withdraw troops from Iraq. The Post states, “The idea is to force Bush to abide by his own promises [on Iraq] but to make sure he remains responsible for conducting and ending the war.”

The Democrats have not yet formally announced that people who voted against the war last November can go screw themselves.

The Libby indictment is a reminder that Americans should be far more cynical about Washington.


22 Responses to BRAVO! One Down, More to Go

  1. Sol March 6, 2007 at 1:55 pm #

    “The Democrats have not yet formally announced that people who voted against the war last November can go screw themselves.”

    Ain’t that the truth!!! The people vote in the Dems on an anti-war ticket and what happens? The war is sorry…surged while the US gets ready to attack Iran. How classic is that? It proves democracy in this country is just as much or more of a sham than democracy in places like Iran!

  2. Sol March 6, 2007 at 1:58 pm #

    The voters can elect any Demopublican huckster that is offered but their rulers will still do as they damn well please!

  3. X-Facktor March 6, 2007 at 2:03 pm #

    It’s not a “surge” it’s an augmentation; Condi even said so. Sickening, eh?

  4. Vic Anderson March 6, 2007 at 2:10 pm #

    Serial liars, Constitutional rights oppressors and murderous war criminals Gonzalez, Rice, Cheney and Bush deserve nothing less.

  5. B. Hampton March 6, 2007 at 2:34 pm #

    A damp squib, I fear. The apparently overrated Mr. Fitzpatrick announced that this ends the whole Plameleak investigation with no more prosecutions contemplated. So, Scooter gets pardoned or at worst does his nominal time, & biz goes on as usual. How inspiring.

  6. Kevin B. O'Reilly March 6, 2007 at 8:00 pm #

    For any conservatives who decry Libby’s being prosecuted for perjury: Remember how important it was to impeach Clinton for doing the same thing?

  7. Annie March 6, 2007 at 9:01 pm #

    “If Libby turns state’s evidence to reduce his prison sentence, the White House could need roof repair real quick.”

    Dream on.. surely he has already been given guarantee of a presidential pardon. I will be surprised if he does any time at all.

    But one day Remorse will visit them all in the night, as per Gibran’s wisdom.. I see nightmares in all of their futures that no pharmaceutical company will be able to alleviate.

  8. Tom Blanton March 6, 2007 at 10:08 pm #

    Cheney is disappointed and Bush is saddened – well damn, I should hope so. Libby is going to go for a new trial and if one is not granted, an appeal. So, the show isn’t over. I’m hoping Scooter can get a new trial with the Probate Judge in Florida who decided the important Anna Nicole Rotting Corpse Matter – with gavel to gavel coverage. Maybe Ann Coulter could represent Scooter this time.

    The real fun may just be starting!

    I’m still dreaming of seeing some scum bags frog-marched out of the White House with their London Fogs over their heads!

    By the way, good luck on winning the Spooner award, Jim. I hope you get it and then sell 500,000 copies of ADD. Is Oprah still doing her book club thing?

  9. bryanD March 6, 2007 at 10:35 pm #

    O’Rielly, Blanton & Annie: Pardon or No: Conviction is in The Book. It’s History! PTL!

  10. Jim March 6, 2007 at 10:36 pm #

    Tom – Thanks! Oprah hasn’t called yet, but I’m still sitting by the phone just in case.

    Frogmarched with a London fog overcoat over their head? I assume that these folks all have bona fide Burberries.

    Whatever makes top govt. officials more nervous about lying is a good thing….

  11. bryanD March 6, 2007 at 10:50 pm #

    Bovard (nice blog BTW), but you GOTTA do something about the Comment/ Attribution being divided by that strange perforated line that divides the comment from the attribution. Am I making sense? I have nothing against Tom Blanton, but the guy is too uninteresting for my name to be in the same field. Capiche? Consider Wizbang’s set-up. They’re nuts (I’m newly banned for un-Bushianism), but they’ve got it going ON , comments- wise (exclusive fields, etc.)… Don’t minimize the egotism involved in commenting!

  12. Jim March 6, 2007 at 11:42 pm #

    Tom Blanton has some of the best comments on this blog. Some of his personal recollections on a protest-related blog were captivating reading.

    I am not fixated on the current structure of the comment field. If there is a better way to do it, fine by me. I WELCOME HEARING FROM REGULAR BLOG COMMENTORS HERE THEIR THOUGHTS ON THIS TOPIC.

    I looked at the Wizbang blog – had not seen it before – and it struck me as more opaque than the format for this blog. Also, this blog posts the names of commentors at the top of the comment, not the bottom, as Wizbang does. I definitely prefer that.

  13. Annie March 7, 2007 at 12:00 am #

    bryan D – what is PTL! ?
    Jim – I’ve never been confused about which attributors & attributions go together.

  14. Jim March 7, 2007 at 12:04 am #

    Thanks for the feedback.

    There have been over 1700 comments coming into the blog.

    So far, I have received only one complaint from a commentor who thought the blog misfired because his name was above and not below his statement.

    But I’m open to suggestions on better ways.

  15. Tom Blanton March 7, 2007 at 12:19 am #

    PTL = Praise the Lord! Remember the PTL Club with Jim Bakker & Tammy Faye Bakker? That was some great entertainment – they had an amusement park and were selling Condos for Christ until Jimbo got caught porking Jessica Hahn. They don’t make shows like that anymore.

    But, we still have the Scooter Libby Show. Patrick Fitzgerald is putting up docs on the web at:

    For more fun, google “Ali Mohamed” and “Patrick Fitzgerald” together and see what comes up.

    Anyway, stock up on popcorn – the fun’s just starting!

  16. John Lowell March 7, 2007 at 11:48 am #


    You say:

    “How classic is that? It proves democracy in this country is just as much or more of a sham than democracy in places like Iran!”

    SHHH! Don’t tell that to Glenn Greenwald, self-appointed dean of anti-Bush sentiment. Not all that oppose the war oppose it from a perspective free of partisan interest, appearances notwithstanding. They still think we’re in a functioning democracy.

    John Lowell

  17. Orville H. Larson March 7, 2007 at 6:56 pm #

    Libby’s a neocon in an administration that’s controlled by neocons. There’s every likelihood that Bush will wipe him clean with a pardon before too long. (Hey, Libby, tell your shysters not to bother with an appeal–you won’t be needing it.)

    The Democrats are just as worthless as the Republicans. They’re both playing cheap politics with a war.

  18. Alpowolf March 8, 2007 at 11:36 am #

    Of course the Democrats are giving the finger to all who voted against the war. They would much rather the war still be going on in 2008 during the elections. “We could put Hillary in the White House…what are a few thousand dead Americans (or few hundred thousand dead Iraqis) compared to that?”

  19. Original Steve March 8, 2007 at 1:26 pm #

    as one of your most liberal commentors, i am glad to see you holding their feet to the fire too.

    Get off your butts, Democrats in Congress!

    Regards, Steve

  20. Jim March 8, 2007 at 5:06 pm #

    Tom – thanks for posting the link to the Libby documents.

    I agree on the popcorn, though I may supplement with BBQ & pils.

  21. Jim March 8, 2007 at 5:26 pm #

    Steve – Well, since you insist, I’ll turn up the heat on the Dems.

  22. rick March 13, 2007 at 11:22 am #


    very interesting comments, but i feel what needs to happen, in order to really put libby away, is to impeach him. this way he cannot be pardonned nor serve again in any public office. will congress do this? probably not, but it’s what must be done in order for bush not to pardon him.