The wheels are really coming off now - of course, if the vehicle in question turns out to be a "Scooter", it really doesn't take more than one before it becomes an issue. Still, a guilty verdict in the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is a clear sign that the end, or something very much like it, is near for the Pinhead regime.
Dennis Collins, a juror on the case, said he was intrigued when defense lawyer Theodore Wells raised the idea the Libby was being made a scapegoat for White House political strategist Karl Rove. "There was a tremendous amount of sympathy for Mister Libby on the jury. It was said a number of times, 'What are we doing with this guy here? Where's Rove? Where are these other guys?'" Collins said. "I'm not saying we didn't think Mister Libby was guilty of the things we found him guilty of. It seemed like he was, as Mister Wells put it, he was the fall guy." And Mister Wells, defender of poor Scooter, suggested the only way he would lose the case was if they allowed their feelings about the Iraq war and the Bush administration to influence their decision. In the end, a jury decided that there was a difference between having a bad memory and lying. And Scooter was on the wrong end of that equation.
Here's something to ponder: Libby could face up to twenty-five years in prison when sentenced June 5, but federal sentencing guidelines will probably prescribe far less, perhaps one to three years. In other words, about two years - just about the same amount of time we have left with Pinhead. The clock continues to tick.