Thursday, July 5, 2007

"Whether ours shall be a government of laws and not of men, is now for Congress, and ultimately, the American people."

The title of this post is a quote from Archibald Cox. Many of you are not old enough to know about Archibald Cox, but those of us who lived through the Saturday Night Massacre know. When he was fired by Richard Nixon that Saturday Night, we "the American People" knew the jig was up for Richard Nixon.

Today some Tony Snow intern named Scott Stenzel was asked "Scott, is Scooter Libby getting more than equal justice under the law? Is he getting special treatment?"

He answered "Well, I guess I don't know what you mean by 'equal justice under the law.'But this is a unique case, there's no doubt about that. And we have said that there are a lot of people on all sides of this issue who've made good points. The President took a very measured approach to it. He believed that the jury verdict should be respected and -- but he did feel that the sentence was excessive, in terms of jail time. But this is a unique case, and there's no doubt about that."

Richard Nixon thought that firing Archibald Cox was a unique case, too, but we, the American people, knew the jig was up for Richard Nixon.

Talking to folks today it is pretty clear that most of us know what "equal justice under the law" means and the American people know the jig is up.