Texas Rainmaker
Guilty of Being a Republican
November 3rd, 2005 8:45 am

As always, Investor’s Business Daily gets it (hat tip: Glenn):

If stealing and destroying secret documents, stuffing them into your pants and then lying about it isn’t a crime worthy of jail time, why is having a different recollection of events than Tim Russert?

Contrast the Libby charges with the slap on the wrist given Sandy Berger. He engaged in a real cover-up when he took classified documents useful to the 9-11 commission, destroyed some of them and then lied to the National Archives about it. No jail time, just a small fine. What was he hiding? Whom was he protecting?

Libby now joins Weinberger, Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay and others who are guilty of nothing more than being loyal and effective servants of their party and president. Like the “Borking” of judicial nominees, the ongoing criminalization of political differences will only make it harder to attract good public servants if they can go to jail for merely talking to a reporter.

In the end, Libby may be able to echo the immortal words of Ray Donovan, Ronald Reagan’s labor secretary. After being acquitted in 1987 of corruption charges in a similar trial by media, he wondered: “Where do I go to get my reputation back?”

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