The Scandal Standard
I note that various right-wingers are already trying to minimize the fact that Scooter Libby just got indicted on five charges related to the Valerie Plame case, but fortunately for everyone involved I have a solid acid test to let you know just how serious a political scandal is. It’s a very simple standard:
For any political scandal involving the Bush administration, would the same scandal cause right-wingers to wet themselves with glee if it happened to the Clinton administration?
If the answer is yes, the scandal’s a bad one.
So, let’s apply it here: A senior Clinton White House staffer indicted on one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury and two counts of making false statements. Anyone want to suggest how right-wingers might respond to such news? Oh, come on, guess just a little. You’d hear little popping sounds out of Washington as heads exploded with joy from Capitol Hill to K Street. So there you have it.
News flash for everyone: Any senior White House staff member in any administration getting indicted on five counts of anything is bad, bad news. It’s even worse news when the President is hovering around a 40% approval rating. Let’s try not to polish this turd too vigorously, now, shall we.
Also, anyone want to lay odds that, if it comes to that, on January 20, 2009, Libby’s getting a pardon? How about Rove? You know, if it comes to that, too.