Friday, October 28, 2005

Not a bang but a whisper

Pat Fitzgerald, the Special Prosecutor in the Valerie Plame case finally came out with indictments today......but they have nothing to do with the case. And no one important in the Bush White House was even charged with anything (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1028051plame1.html).

This effectively amounts to a kerfluffle. And a rather weak one, at that. Does anyone care that "Scooter" Libby was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice? I'm sure Libby does, and I for one hope that he can find he's innocent (because on those charges, he' got alot of explaining to do). But as for the rest of the White House? Nada. Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Condi, Card, et al. are all in the clear. Well, Rove isn't completely but I think that nothing will come of it (if they haven't yet, they won't, now). This effectively amounts to a non-issue to the continuance of the Bush Presidency. All the talk about Bush being a "lame duck" and completely screwed because of the Plame case are overblown, and quite frankly, being thrown out there by political hacks and wannabes who really have nothing better to do than live, breathe, and die for the Beltway 24/7. Guess what, CNN? America doesn't give a ding dang darn about Scooter Libby. I give this a week, before it's forgotten.

The media, as usual, flubbed this. They acted like it's the WATERGATE OF THE 21ST CENTURY (italics mine, intent was theirs). They cut out soaps in mid-day to showcase this farce as though it's Watergate, Iran-Contra, and WhiteWaterGate/Monica all rolled into one. To be honest, there are bigger stories out there (Harriet Miers and the Iranian President unveiling his master plan to eliminate Israel) and this just doesn't cut it. The Plame case was incomprehensible to begin with, and the public at large doesn't really care about it- especially since they know darn well that the media's been out to get Bush for quite some time. So this is nothing new for them.

Oh, and probably as early as next week, Bush will be announcing the new SCOTUS pick to replace Harriet Miers. If it's a McConnell or Luttig or Brown, that'll be bigger news than anything that happened this past week. Well, unless Israel and Iran go to war within the next month or so.

I really can't wait for 2006, when Katrina/Rita, Plame, Miers, etc, etc, are all behind Bush...and the Dems have to actually go before voters. And the media will have overplayed themselves in 2oo5 too much to be effective in 2006. Again.

And no one will remember who Scooter Libby is by then. Sorry Scooter, but your name will be off the headlines and buried in page 58 by mid November.

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