With all the press that's being devoted to the whole business of Valerie Plame, Judith Miller, Robert Novak, Karl Rove, etc., the thing that distrubs me the most is that the path apparently leads to a fellow in the office of Dick Cheney -- a fellow who goes by the name of "Scooter". What kind of name is "Scooter" for the Chief of Staff of the Vice President of the United States? Does having "Scooter" as primary operative of the man who is a heartbeat (and a reliable defibrillator) away from the Presidency instill confidence in anyone? I wonder if Condi Rice has an Undersecretary named "The Beave", and Bill Frist has an aide named "Opie"? (It wouldn't surprise me, though, if Tom Delay has someone named "Goober" on his staff".)
For the record, there is only one "Scooter", and that's all there should be. Phil Rizzuto earned the name "Scooter", but with all due respect I think that in so doing he disqualified himself from being taken seriously in matters of domestic and foreign policy. His many talents outside of playing shortstop and broadcasting included being a fine accompanist for MeatLoaf on Paradise By The Dashboard light, but I've never quite been sure that he actually understood what he was doing when he recorded "Holy Cow! I think he's going to make it!"
Then again, from what I've read of the
testimony conjecture reporting leaks in the Plame case, it appears that none of the people involved -- including "Scooter" Libby really want us to believe that they knew what they were saying or hearing when they discussed Valerie Plame. So what the heck, maybe the nickname really is appropriate.