Ding, dong the witch is dead?
It looks like it's finally starting to happen. Five and a half years into what has been possibly the worst administration in modern American history, the calcified wall of silence surrounding the Bush White House cracked a little this morning. As reported today
on the Washington Post web site, Lewis "Scooter" Libby testified to the grand jury before his indictment that President Bush authorized him to leak classified information about Iraq
. It wasn't just Rove or Cheney -- the order to divulge secret information in blatant violation of the law came straight from the Oval Office.
This comes on the heels of the guilty plea by Tony Rudy, former deputy chief of staff to Tom "The Hammer" Delay, to charges of bribery and corruption. Delay's former chief of staff Edwin Buckham was named in court papers released last week by DOJ
as having collaborated with Rudy and Abramoff (now sentenced to six years in prison for corruption), and Delay himself still faces major corruption charges in Texas, the reason he cites for not running for re-election. And let us not forget former Republican San Diego Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who was sentenced to eight years for bribery and corruption last month.
I'm not saying it's over, not by a long shot. The Republican grip on power is still strong so long as they hold both chambers of Congress, the White House, and possibly the balance of votes on the Supreme Court. But as the election season approaches we're going to be seeing more and more revelations of corrupt and unconscionable Republican behavior. Democrats, veterans, journalists and every other concerned American needs to hold the Republicans' feet to the fire on these issues, and get out the vote to take back DC.
(The only slight bright spot for Republicans this week was the flap over Rep. Cynthia McKinney's brouhaha with the Capitol Police
, which allowed them to briefly deflect attention at a news conference.)