firedoglake: It's Official: He's No Longer Mr. Popularity

know. Shocking. But it looks like Dick Cheney is now being cast in the role of convenient pariah to take the heat off the Empty Suit Bushie and Unka Karl.

The NY Daily News starts with the headline "W Urged to Chain Cheney" -- well, now isn't that special? They go on to report the latest Republican attempt to minimize the damage from the Libby indictment -- by trying to minimize how many people were involved in the mess.

"This is not anything that can't be overcome" to save Bush's second term, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) told CBS' "Face the Nation," but he agreed with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that a probe of Cheney's office by a "nonpolitical person" could help clear the air....

But Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said Democrats were fated to be disappointed in the leak case "by the fact that this appears to be limited to a single individual."

Not sure what planet John Cornyn is from, but I counted a number of White House officials among the early witness list for any Libby trial. Back to the talking points drawing board, I suppose.

The Philadelphia Inquirer piles on as well, with a blistering bit of political analysis from Dick Polman, who says that the Bush Administration's rationale for the Iraq War is officially on trial now.

firedoglake: It's Official: He's No Longer Mr. Popularity


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