Friday, October 28, 2005

Next

So what happens now?

Libby is looking at up to 30 (realistically, 10) years hard time. That is a big price to pay for a 55-year old used to the good life. He's been a loyal Smithers to Cheney's Mr. Burns, but that loyalty is now being tested. What can the White House offer him to convince him to take the dive? Not much that I can think of -- a promise to give him a confirmed bottom as a cellmate? And their communications with Libby will be closely watched.

Fitz, on the other hand, can offer a great deal -- I have no idea if he can offer a free pass, but he can certainly make Libby's life materially better. And those conversations are very much favored under the law.

Let the reading of tea leaves continue. What do y'all think?

Update: Ms. Hamsher thinks "Let's Make a Deal" is indeed the order of the day.

3 Comments:

Blogger Dr. Bloor said...

My prediction--and we all know how good they are--is that Libby cops to a count or two for considerably less than a decade. I have a hard time believing he gives much up in return, tho, just because the pyramid gets considerably steeper and the burden of proof proportionately more severe for putting away other senior officials (coughbigtimecough).

I'm at least as interested in what happens with that loyal, cohesive WH team. When you're in the mob, the only thing worse than being charged with a crime following an investigation is not being charged. I wouldn't expect anyone to be wearing a wire or anything as drastic as that, but unindicted witnesses on an open investigation have a way of shaking up social dynamics when they walk into a room...

1:30 PM  
Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

Presidential pardon? A big batch of them after more indictments are handed out?

Also - is Fitzmas turning in to Chanukah? A little present every day for 8 days as the story unfolds?

2:04 PM  
Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

I Podcast Air America and just heard Al Franken do a whole "Fitznukah" bit during this morning's broadcast. I want to go on record as saying I posted before I heard the bit.

1:14 AM  

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