Susie Cagle Susie Cagle, 3/9/2007 [Archive]

Scooter Dick and the Cartoonists Penning The Plug of a Messy Leak

Scooter, Dick and the Cartoonists: Penning The Plug of a Messy Leak

This week, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove's plan to bury the Valerie Plame leak scandal might have succeeded in part--by burying vice presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby as well. Libby was found guilty this week of perjury, false statements and obstruction of justice. Scapegoat Scooter took the fall so Cheney and Rove could walk free, unscathed and still feigning ignorance of the whole debacle. But how will they wash their human shield's blood from their hands?

The stains might not show on the evening news, but they're all over the op-ed pages. Cartoonists were relatively quiet during the trial. They'd jumped the gun on calling out Rove in '05, but they sure cut loose when the verdict came back against Libby. They aimed their pens at Dick, and they weren't afraid to get messy.

Susie Cagle is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a freelance writer. Reach her at susie@cagle.com.

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