As long time readers will recall, I never bought NBC's (and lawyer) Tim Russert's fumbles on what he knew and when he knew it about Valerie Plame and Scooter Libby. As the past 48 hours news blitz on ABC's Bob Woodruff's blow up in Iraq has proven, network anchors and Washington bureau chiefs enjoy an inflated sense of self as well as celebrity status among certain factions of the populace that most americans do not. Especially a Republican White House Chief of Staff. It was my impression from reading all of the Washington papers that the Plame imbroglio had devolved down to a he-said-he-said case. If that is true and if we recall the mantra from our college days, that the world believed Walter Cronkite more than the White House, then why couldn't the Libby perjury indictment been a result of the grand jury simply believing Tim Russert, the somewhat endearing bug-eyed newsman who never hesitates to tell everyone he's the son of the Miller Genuine-swigging garbage man, Big Russ, from Buffalo, New York over the rich, white, anglo, dead guy, Scooter Libby. Libby is not the son of a garbage man. He went to Andover, then Yale and now simply oozes with good looks, wealth, and priviledge. Plus, Libby works for a White House that oozes with good looks, wealth, and priviledge. As NBC and its pals have repeatedly instructed to America for several years now that this White House does not believe laws apply to them then it really would not be a big jump for a grand jury to conclude that Scooter Libby believed laws did not apply to him as well.
Well, it looks like Scooter Libby, now that he's facing serious jail time and loss of that oozing wealth, has finally gone on the offensive. Bob Woodward's recent admission to the prosecutor AFTER the indictment was handed down that he mentioned to Scooter Libby that Valerie Plame was CIA in June of 2003, has made the prosecutor's case a tad more difficult. Bob Woodward has since refused to give interviews on his rather startling admission to everyone including his own employer, The Washington Post. NBC's Andrea Mitchell, who works for Tim Russert has also said she knew Valerie Plame was CIA. If Bob Woodward and Andrea Mitchell knew about Valerie Plame, chances are better than 50-50 that Andrea's boss, Tim Russert knew too. Remember, their job is to know things as well as people. The Washington press corps with their inflated sense of self and their hatred for Bush and Rove made this Plame case into something far bigger. The cow has left the barn and the Libby perjury case is going to trial. The Libby lawyers must mount a defense that clears up this confusion about Valerie as well as defends their client. If I were them, I would construct an rack in the courtroom and put Mrs. Greenspan, (a.k.a. Andrea Mitchell) on it. Then I would turn the crank hard until Mrs. Greenspan squeals.
Remember, women are the weaker sex.