The networks all broke into daytime TV to announce the Libby indictment. Thousands of soap opera fans just shouted "What? Who?"
The Spectacle Blog
This is a terrible day for Lewis Libby and his family. Given the financial cost and emotional toll these kinds of things take, we wouldn't wish this on anyone but a Democrat.
But the MSM take right now that this is an indictment that is going to rock the White House and shake this President is spinning what three weeks ago was a rumored18, five to ten count indictments story that turned out to be something far less than that (Libby aside).
For weeks senior Democrats on Capitol Hill and along K Street lawyers sympathetic to Democrats have been feeding reporters - and people like us - "sourcing" on the Fitzgerald investigation. Left-wing bloggers like Raw Story, Daily Kos and Steve Clemons have been eating it up and putting it out there for all to read and hear.
The White House will get past this fairly quickly. The notion that somehow this President is boxed in is ridiculous, and will proven so within a month, when, with a strong Supreme Court nominee and a solid spending cut bill moving through Congress, the media is talking about how Bush once again is the great political escape artist.
One count of obstruction of justice, 2 counts of making false statments, and 2 count of perjury. More info to come...
UPDATE: Charges corrected from earlier.
My favorite line about hypocrisy (another idea that gets a bum rap) is by La Rouchefoucauld, "Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue." In The De-moralization of Society, Gertrude Himmelfarb skillfully employed this notion to show the moral advantage that Victorian morals had on modern culture -- they may not have behaved, but at least they acknowledged how they ought to behave.
The second biggest disappointment with the Miers nomination was the missed opportunity for a brawl in the Senate. Conservatives wanted badly to pull the nuclear/constitutional/whatever-word's-in-vogue-this-week option, and choosing a cipher with Harry Reid's support effectively ruled that out. So you can bet many folks are of the same mind as the Wall Street Journal today:
The best way Mr. Bush can counter the "capitulation" charges is to show that he's not afraid of a political fight. He said yesterday that he will act quickly to name a new nominee, and we hope he'll select someone who can't be challenged on grounds of credentials--even if it means a Senate battle over judicial philosophy.
Let's have it out. Be unafraid, Mr. President.
Dave: Not just a conspiracy. The conspiracy my dear chap. Last night was proof that the VRWC is not only alive and well, but thriving. And, after last night, reinvigorated.
Which is good timing, considering the likely events of today. Two, maybe three indictments from Fitzgerald, possibly including a senior White House official not before mentioned in this context. Stay tuned.