Watching the Russert Show this morning, and the Monsignor is discussing the Libby indictments with the usual broad spectrum of political opinion, which today ranges from William Safire and David Brooks on the right, all the way over to David Broder and Judy Woodruff on the center-right. Damn liberal media.
Anyway, Brooks is parroting the New Conservative Truth, that because Fitzgerald didn't indict anyone on charges of treason, there's nothing more to this scandal. He said, and this is a paraphrase, "Fitzgerald has been at this for 22 months and he's gotten full cooperation and full disclosure from everyone, and he couldn't find anything." What? The main player in this scandal, Scooter Libby, was just indicted on five counts of lying to investigators, lying to the grand jury, and obstructing justice. How the hell is it full cooperation when the linchpin to the case lies to investigators at every turn?
David Brooks is a man who's made a career on trite stand-up sociological observations like "Blue State people drive like this; Red State people drive like that! Blue State people have names like Carl; Red State people have names like Lenny!" So, from him, this sort of inanity is to be expected. But luckily for us, there are actual sane people here on Planet Earth and they offer a more rational reading of the investigation.
At the Booman Tribune (found through Kos), Marty Aussenburg makes an excellent case for why Fitzgerald is only putting the squeeze on Libby and where he'll likely go next. Josh Marshall, meanwhile, sifts through everything over at TPM to make a good case for this leading to Cheney himself. The trail leading to Cheney is becoming so clear that even Nick Kristof -- Nick Kristof, for chrissakes! -- is calling for Cheney to come clean. As Al Franken noted, it's looking more and more like instead of a simple one-day Fitzmas, we're getting a drawn-out Fitznukkah, where the gifts are going to keep on coming.
They're all good, and all too nuanced to cut down to a blog-bite here. So go read them yourdamnself.