RUSH: This is an e-mailer. This is a subscriber to RushLimbaugh.com objecting, or questioning my assessment of Scooter Libby’s life has just been destroyed.
?Dear Rush: Scooter Libby’s life destroyed? This is a temporary setback! Ollie North came out pretty good after he got the goat tag. Libby will get a good gig at Fox News Channel. He’ll be the go-to expert on inside the administration. True, this is a BS deal, but I think Scooter will be all right.?
Four felonies! If you don’t think that Scooter Libby and his wife didn’t sleep last night, if you don’t think that his family is upset…? Do you think Scooter Libby grew up, the kind of guy he is, ever thinking he would run afoul of the law in this way? I guarantee you he didn’t. This is not part of the game. Somebody says, ?Well, I’ll work for you Mr. Cheney and I’ll even go to jail. I’ll even be convicted.? This is not what these people planned for. You get rung up by the federal government and you get a prosecutor with unlimited power pursuing you! You try it, folks.
To sit there and say, “Oh, Scooter will be fine. He’ll be on Fox News Channel”!
Even if Scooter Libby is pardoned, he is going to have a cloud over his head for the rest of his life precisely
He was defending this administration against a pack of lies told by a psychopath and his wife. ?Scooter will be okay. You’re overdoing this. He’ll be on Fox News Channel doing analysis.? Yip, yip, yahoo! If Scooter Libby wanted to be on Fox News Channel, he would have gone into journalism! If Scooter Libby wanted to be on Fox News Channel telling the truth about whatever he’s an expert in, he would have signed up for
But the fact that so many people look at this in an impersonal way and just chalk it up to, ?Well, that’s Washington,?
Put yourself in his shoes. I know it’s hard to do if you haven’t been pursued by law enforcement, particularly the feds. But do you think this is going to be fine? Do you think Scooter Libby had the money to pay off these lawyers? Do you think he has the money to pay off the lawyers for these appeals, when he has to go out there and do fund-raisers and so forth? You think Scooter Libby is going to earn $40 million in the lecture circuit in six years like Bill Clinton did? It frosts me here, folks, because this is one of our guys, a human being who’s been railroaded by a judicial system that’s designed to protect against this very thing happening.
It’s absurd! It is an outrage! It is an injustice — and he’s not going to be “okay.”
He’ll get through it and he’ll be looking back at this portion of his life at some point obviously, but if he gets the right kind of people around him, he’ll be able to keep this in perspective and build on it and so forth. In one sense, if you want to say it will be okay, I understand what you mean, but this is not a win! This is not one of these things that’s a building block to other great things, unless it’s played properly. But even if he’s pardoned, there’s that cloud over you when you get pardoned, because when you get pardoned — and I guarantee, the Bush administration is not going to pardon him any time soon. They’re going to wait for the appellate process.