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Oh, Libby Me Scooter! Libbymetimbers!

July 3, 2007 · 2 Comments


There’s a TON of reaction out there to the use of executive clemency for Scooter Libby. Reading through all of it, I just feel kinda numb.

You know how there are five stages of grief? I propose that there have been five stages of “Reactions to the Bush Administration.”

Stage 1. Denial – The first stage is, “nah, they wouldn’t really do that.” It seems too far-fetched, too underhanded to believe. Would the Vice-President really leak the name of an under-cover agent as retaliation against her diplomat husband, just because he was the first to publicly discredit the thread-bare justification for rushing to war in Iraq? Would the country really go to war based on that “evidence”?

Bush is the decision maker! He makes the decisions! We’re at war, it’s a tough job, and I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Stage 2. Dejection – The second stage is, “OK, I guess they would do that. Wow. I can’t wait for 2008.”

Stage 3. Humor – In the court of public opinion, it’s the court jester who most articulately encapsulates the melancholy dejection of the disenfranchised. Stephen Colbert’s White House Correspondence speech was the pinnacle of this stage– ridiculing the administration for its pomposity, foolhardiness and overall arrogance.

Stage 4. Anger - “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.” Very true.

Actually, I have a go-to joke whenever one of my friends is losing money in Vegas: “I’d like you to take a look at some reading material… it’s called ‘When the Fun Stops.’” (That’s a brochure produced by Gamblers-Anonymous made mandatory to be provided in casinos by the Nevada Gaming Commission).

Well, the fun has stopped. Bush lied, people died.

Stage 5. Depression – I guess that’s where we’re all headed. At the end of the day, after the anger subsides, after all of the hand-wringing and calls for impeachment, and after all of the lamenting over how this administration has made a mockery of the Constitution (even going as far to proclaim a “fourth branch of government,” aka the Cheney corollary to the Montesquieu doctrine)… nothing happens.

Sound and fury, signifying nothing.

All in the name of “executive privilege,” which sounds like something Stalin would write on his own birthday cake.

The most depressing part? Here’s what our president had to say on the matter:

Others point out that a jury of citizens weighed all the evidence and listened to all the testimony and found Mr. Libby guilty of perjury and obstructing justice. They argue, correctly, that our entire system of justice relies on people telling the truth. And if a person does not tell the truth, particularly if he serves in government and holds the public trust, he must be held accountable.

Loyal readers may recall a post written previously about how basketball is no fun unless everyone competes. As soon as one of the parties involved stops abiding by the unspoken rules of the game (i.e. compete), the game itself disintegrates.

It works the same way in politics. The strength of our system is in its fundamental laws, and in the trust and faith we place in the Constitution. The strength of our system does not stem from the men and women who assume the offices constructed by those laws. When men and women act outside of the boundaries of the rules, both spoken and unspoken, the system disintegrates.

That’s something to think about this 4th of July. And on the first Tuesday in November, 2008.

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  • Rohit // July 3, 2007 at 11:22 pm | Reply

    First, Bush is the decider, not the “decision-maker,” which like “suicider,” is probably not a word. Bush has probably added the most words to the English language since Shakespeare.

    Second, I hit the depression state in December 2004. This is what it must have been like to live through Watergate.

    Third, if people can’t see past rabid partisan rhetoric propagated by neocons, and realize that this is the epitome of cronyism, then we are all doomed.

  • Jon // July 9, 2007 at 2:48 pm | Reply

    I watched Bill Kristol smugly spin the pardon as “bait for the Clintons to hypocritically condemn the pardon and weaken their campaign’s credibility” which they took “hook, line and sinker.”

    EW.

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