Okay, now that I got that out of my system...
Does his conviction on four of the five counts actually mean anything?
It means something to Scooter. It means 20 to 24 months in a minimum security federal prison.
But does it have any wider implications for the Bush Administration?
It appears that Libby has fallen on his sword for Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. That's too bad. My dream was to have Libby on the stand, disclosing all the perfidious manipulating, arm-twisting and back-stabbing of the Shadow President. Instead, Libby chose not to testify, which certainly saved him from a scathing cross-examination, but also left his recorded Grand Jury testimony standing as undisputed evidence of perjury. But maybe it's worth a brief stint in federal prison to avoid the wrath of Cheney. It beats the hell out of having your CIA cover exposed.
But the question in all the papers this morning is, "How will this affect Cheney?"
I believe the answer is, "Not at all."
Since Cheney and Bush never actually admit that Dick's running the show, they can continue to pretend that this exposure and conviction didn't touch the presidency, and is just the kind of low-level bureaucratic kerfuffle that sometimes happens in a large organization.
My dream, of course, is to see Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld tried for war crimes. And since this is my blog and my dream...what I REALLY wish is that after they're convicted, they're sent off to Gitmo to spend the rest of their lives being driven insane using the same means currently being used on the prisoners...whoops, "detainees."
That seems more humane that stringing them up from a light pole, a la Mussolini. More humane, but less satisfying.
At least Libby got a trial in front of a judge and jury. Now how about giving the detainees the same consideration?
Remember the Constitution? It's like gravity...it's not just a good idea, it's the law.