Fitzmas is unofficially over without sufficient celebration among the MoveOn.org/DU/Kos faithful, otherwise known as the leftynetroots. Had Fitzmas been more rewarding in its outcome, Wilson v. Libby would be totally unnecessary. Its filing earlier this week also unofficially declares that Fitzgerald has passed from leftynetroot hero to rightwing lackey.
The unfortunate Paula Jones litigation had many consequences. Not the least of them was to put then President Clinton into a intricate legal bind which he got out of only with the assistance of a formidable array of some of the most skillful inside the beltway lawyers this generation has to offer.
Another consequence was to tempt future political operatives to use civil litigation to amplify and publicize the alleged scandals of their opponents.
For most of this year, the leftynetroots were so sure of a lift from Fitz, getting to the point of assuring each other that Karl was on the verge of indictment and Dick on the verge of resignation or worse. When neither of those fantasies materialized there had to be something to continue the dream's possibility.
What better than a Civil Action? Let's pull a "Paula Jones". If the Rethugs can do this, why can't we? Look what Clinton had to go through. We'll make that look like a walk in the park. After all, Clinton only allegedly outed his own thingy to Paula, but the White House outed a SECRET AGENT IN TIME OF WAR. We can get it all out to the public. We can depose Libby, Rove, Cheney, maybe even President Bush and expose their perfidy. The MSM will follow our every move. Victory in November.
There is only one problem with this scenario. Civil discovery is reciprocal. Lawyers for each defendant get to depose both Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and countless CIA, State Department and press allies. All of that will be exposed to the public as well.
In the Paula Jones case, Paula was a political nonentity. The only question in her case was did the then Governor of Arkansas show her, a state employee, his thingy or didn't he. In the Wilson case, there is much more to it. And the Wilsons are smack dab in the middle of all of it. The Wilsons are also politically invested in the outcome of the case, as are their supporters.
The Wilson case, therefore has more risks for the plaintiffs than did the Jones case for Jones. Will the outcome be good for the Wilsons and their leftynetroot supporters? Or will the tables be turned by the vast right wing conspiracy?
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