By Thomas Krehbiel
I've been meaning to write about this for ages. As dramatic political scandals go, I have to say that the Bush administration is falling far short of the entertainment goals established by the Clinton administration.
During the Scooter Libby trial, I tried really hard to pay attention while Hardball's David Schuster breathlessly reported all of what were clearly supposed to be exciting details of the ongoing trial, but all I could manage to hear was something like this: "Today's dramatic testimony came from none other than blah blah blah blah and he/she/they dropped the previously undisclosed shocking bombshell that blah blah blah blah blah!" I found myself much more fascinated by the fact that on the constantly repeating onscreen video, Scooter Libby's wife looked disturbingly like Michael Jackson. In the end, all of the courtroom drama resulted in a handful of convictions for telling some fibs to the prosecutors. Wow, ahem, I hope he doesn't get the chair.
Now we've got Alberto Gonzales and the firing of eight lawyers. It's like I've always said: Nothing makes for a more exciting scandal than the operation of the human resources department in a government agency! To make it more interesting, it's been morphed into a "showdown" between the executive branch and the legislative branch. It hasn't been said out loud, but it's been strongly implied that the future of American government as we know it might be on the line here.
As a side note, on this particular issue, I tend to agree with Bush not allowing Rove to testify publicly. I happen to think that full government transparency isn't necessarily be a good thing for the country. Plus, you know that as soon as Rove is under oath in front of the cameras, every single Democratic senator is going to start badgering him about Scooter Libby, Jim Wilson, and Valerie Plame. I say let it go already; quit living in the past. We all know Rove was behind the leak, and he's probably behind everything in some way or another, but there's absolutely no proof of it so let's start spending our tax dollars on something else. Like, you know, maybe keeping Iran from blowing up the world.
My point with all of this is to say that, as a taxpayer, I'm not happy about having to keep up with these complicated legal proceedings. For the next Bush administration scandal, I would like to request that somebody die in the Caribbean. I think that would make the resulting political theatre much easier to follow.
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