What Story?

So Scooter Libby cashed in his “Get out of Jail Free” card today.  He has to pay a fine, which Fred Thompson has already helped him raise money to cover, and he gets a couple of year’s probation.

Well, I always knew that George W. Bush was an idiot, without principle, without integrity, and without any character at all.  Today that belief was confirmed with the stroke of his Crayon.

OCBlog Feed 11:15 PMBut there are some local characters that really have me wondering when they’re going to pull their heads out and realize what I have known all along.  Heck it would be nice if these guys would even report the major story of the day on their blogs.

So here it is about 8 hours after the story broke and Matt Cunningham of OCBlog and Jon Fleischman of FlashReport have yet to even comment on the topic. Martin Wisckol over at the Register’s Total Buzz Blog has been following the story all afternoon, gathering comments from all over TheOC.  Flash Feed at 11:15 PM

And even though none of us at LiberalOC make our living blogging fulltime, Dan Chmielewski managed to keep us on top of the story throughout the day. Even Allan Bartlett over at the Powder Blue Report weighed in early.

So I’ve gotta wonder, what gives?  Was there some other news story that pushed all others aside? Is this simply not news?  Did their computers mysteriously fail? Were they at the beach all day? Are they on vacation?

No, it probably is simply that these guys believe President George W. Bush was right to commute Scooter’s sentence, but are afraid to say anything about it.  Or it could be even more simple…

Here no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil.

Hear, See, Speak No Evil

  8 comments for “What Story?

  1. Flowerszzz
    July 3, 2007 at 6:55 am

    ChrisI hate to break the news to ya – your buddy Art did not say anything about it over on the Juice either. So are you selective bitching again?

  2. July 3, 2007 at 7:19 am

    Not at all, Art is not a GOP mouth piece as are OCBlog and Flash Report.

    That said, Art, where is your coverage of the story?

  3. Dan Chmielewski
    July 3, 2007 at 7:46 am

    actually, Art did post a comment over here about it.

  4. Long time politico
    July 3, 2007 at 8:37 am

    Cute cartoon; irrational and absent of factual basis, but cute. Throwing red meat to the rabid is so easy. Neither Scooter Libby or the illegal immigrants get amnesty under the President’s decisions. Both pay fines as a penalty for their crimes (personally, I do not see any point in sending the illegals back to their country of origin, but that was in the proposed law.)

    Please help me with this case. Libby was convicted of not telling the truth to the government in the course of an investigation. That is a serious crime and anyone who does that (Libby or Clinton) deserves a significant penalty. He was not convicted of outing a classified intelligence agent; Mrs Plame was/is not an agent working in a classified category covered by that law. In addition, her outing was done by Richard Armitrage, a vocal opponent of the Iraq conflict. That is a fact beyond dispute. My confusion is this: what was Libby covering up? Again, he did not out Plame, and Fitzgerald knew that at the time of the prosecution. And Plame’s outing did not fall under the purvue of the law protecting classified intelligence agents. So, what was his motivation to lie to the feds? I honestly wonder. Any ideas?

  5. Aunt Millie
    July 3, 2007 at 9:14 am

    As Marcy Wheeler writes, about the central issue – obstruction of justice.

    Cheney, Bush, and the neocons have done everything they can to conceal their fraud, lies, corruption and massive incompetence in their invasion and occupation of Iraq.

    They need to keep Libby from talking, which is why there’s a commutation, rather than a pardon. Libby can still plead the fifth amendment and continue to to protect Cheney, Rove, and Bush,. This latest attempt to obstruct justice is a small part of an ongoing pattern of criminality and cover-up.

  6. RHackett
    July 3, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Could “long time politico’ please pass on their insight to CIA Director Hayden? Hayden has stated that Plame was indeed a covert agent.

  7. Dan Chmielewski
    July 3, 2007 at 11:16 am

    Plame has been proven covert ops; just how many documents does one need to produce to prove it?

    Outing a covert opoerative in a time of war is treasonous. Especially one involved in gathering intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program.

    The crime was lying under oath (perjury) and obstructing justice. Fitzgerald has said Libby was a barrier to the truth. Libby has no incentive to come clean; he faces no prison time and his fine has already be raised.

    Might want to visit FactCheck.org to see what they say about this. Its a non-partisan site.

  8. Aunt Millie
    July 3, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    Some thoughts on impeachment from our founding fathers, courtesy of Jesse Jackson, Jr. writing in the nation.

    The founders were exceptionally clear on the question of what should be done if a president abuses his privilege to pardon an associate, or by extension to commute the sentence of an aide.

    James Madison, who is rightly referred to as “the father of the Constitution,” wrote extensively about the times in which impeachment would be necessary. “[If] the President be connected, in any suspicious manner, with any person, and there be grounds to believe he will shelter him, the House of Representatives can impeach him; they can remove him if found guilty,” observed the man whose notes provide the essential outline of the deliberations of the Constitutional convention.

    Madison’s Virginia compatriot, George Mason, who was an even more ardent advocate of impeachment, was similarly concerned about abuses of the power of the president to keep the law from touching his associates. The man now remembered as “the father of the Bill of Rights” feared that a future president might attempt to shield himself by preventing the prosecution or jailing of an aide who could testify to the president’s involvement in a high crime or misdemeanor.

    Mason suggested that impeachment would surely be in order were a president to attempt “to stop inquiry and prevent detection” of wrongdoing within his administration — as the Bush White House is currently doing with its use of executive privilege to undermine congressional investigations of the politicization of federal prosecutions. Equally, the thoughtful founder suggested, impeachment would be in order were a president might to “pardon crimes which were advised by himself” — as Bush has essentially done with the commutation of the sentence of his own former counselor and the chief of staff of his vice president.

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