QUOTE(carlitoswhey @ Oct 28 2005, 03:08 PM)
Gee - I'm trying to watch the White Sox victory parade and all the networks are cutting in with live coverage of the Libby indictment. Just like they did when Henry Cisneros and Mike Espy (Clinton cabinet officials) were indicted ... oh wait a minute, that didn't happen.
The Libby indictment is serious, but a little Martha-Stewart-ish. Couldn't get him for 'outing a CIA agent' but he lied during the investigation.
Lanny Davis on CNN just said "Rove thought he was trading on public information to smear his political enemies. Paul Begala and I used to do that all the time." HA!
you seem to be taking the tact that the administration most likely be taking in the next few weeks, that is, to minimize, minimize, minimize. Your bringing Martha Stewart into this is irrelevant. In fact you are echoing Kay Bailey Hutchison’s remarks on Meet the Press
last Sunday--words Frank Rich (See my signature) called a “Twinkie defense.”
These are less than convincing talking points.Meet the Press Transcript 10-23-05
While Martha Stewart was charged with lying to investigators, she was not charged, as was Libby, with obstruction of justice and perjury. Quite a difference! Moreover, Martha did spend five months in prison and another five months+ under house arrest.
In his news conference today, Patrick Fitzgerald seemed to defend the seriousness of the charges.
But I think what we see here today, when a vice president's chief of staff is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice, it does show the world that this is a country that takes its law seriously; that all citizens are bound by the law.Transcript Patrick Fitzgerald Press Conference, 10-28-05
BTW: The investigation is not over.
BTW2: Nice try, but this is about the current regime--not Bill Clinton. It seems when every other defense is woefully inadequate, it's time to trot out that
Bill Clinton. Edited to add more on Bush Administration strategy:
QUOTE(George W. Bush)
In our system, each individual is presumed innocent and entitled to due process and a fair trial.
Bush must really think people are complete idiots. Generally, high school graduates are aware of “presumption of innocence,” a principle I fully embrace. Yet, I’ve heard this truism today until I’m sick of it.
From the accolades that came from the lips of Bush and Cheney, one might think that Scooter Libby won a Nobel Prize rather than being slapped with five criminal indictments.
QUOTE(George W. Bush)
Scooter has worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people and sacrificed much in the service to this country. He served the Vice President and me through extraordinary times in our nation's history.Bush's Statements Above
And of course we get the same thing from Vice President Cheney.
Scooter Libby is one of the most capable and talented individuals I have ever known. He has given many years of his life to public service and has served our nation tirelessly and with great distinction.Cheney's Statement Above