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What to Wear with Libby...
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 10:17
by Jayne Lyn Stahl

Something contrite doesn't appear to be in order, at least not according to the judge who sentenced the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney to 30 months in prison for perjury and obstructing justice. Apart from the gravity of the charges, Judge Walton was clearly not impressed with the lack of penitence, and hubris the defendant displayed in his courtroom.

But, after all, why should Mr. Libby be anything less than smug given that, at tonight's Republican presidential debate, all three of the top candidates have already decided to pardon him. Imagine, and this when his mugshot isn't even dry.

What McCain, Guiliani, and Romney don't appear to get is that Mr. Libby isn't facing jail time for outing Valerie Plame, but for lying, and actively hampering an investigation into who revealed this undercover's identity. Libby's date with destiny is in limbo pending the prospect, too, of a presidential pardon. I, for one, can't recall this kind of clamor to pardon someone since Gerald Ford stepped in to rescue Richard Nixon.

The only one who has consistently demonstrated that he has the chops, Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the case, waxed quixotic today when he told the press "We need to make a statement that the truth matters ever so much." Well, then, if the truth matters even half as much as Mr. Fitzgerald suggests, it is Mr. Cheney, not his aide, who should start packng a box lunch. After all, it was the vice president who first revealed the identity of CIA agent, Valerie Plame, to Mr. Libby in the first place.

The smart money says that, in the end, Paris Hilton will spend more time in jail than Scooter Libby.
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