What do Scooter Libby and Joe Lieberman have in common? A lot of rich friends, apparently.
Following closely on the news that Joe Lieberman's biggest public apologist, Marty Peretz, had joined Libby's Defense Fund, we learn that the Chair of Libby's Defense Fund, Mel Sembler, is hosting a pricey fundraiser for Holy Joe. Sembler, you'll remember, also happens to have been the Ambassador to Italy when SISMI started sending bogus Niger claims to the CIA.
In his post explaining his ambivalent views toward Libby, Marty seems to capture of the angst of Neocons everywhere.
Let me concede: I am a friend of Scooter Libby. But I do not like his boss. And I do not like his boss's wife. I know this gets me no credit with the all-or-nothing crowd. Still, I like Scooter, who is quite brilliant, very honest, and brave. Also funny. I've contributed to The Libby Legal Defense Fund and have joined the fund's advisory committee, which is not large because in Washington old pals dessert when even their college roommate gets into trouble. In a time when self-styled civil libertarians are giving money to defend Muslim terrorists, I am happy to help defend an American patriot, some of whose politics I do not share and some of whose politics I do, from a cynical onslaught of the special prosecutor who put journalists into jail for not telling him what he already knew.
Shorter Marty: I don't like Dick, I don't even agree with Libby, but when the Neocon ship is sinking, we all have to band together and "dessert." Let them eat cake.
The Sembler fundraiser was closed to the press, so I don't know if he made similarly ambivalent statements about Joementum. Nor do I know if he accused Democrats supporting Democratic candidate Lamont of being cake-eaters. But it deserves mention that the warmongers seem to be mounting a common defense.
War, apparently, trumps ideology when your war's under attack.
Apparently I'm not the only one seeing the connection. From AP's coverage of the Sembler fundraiser:
Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, was indicted last year on charges that he lied to FBI agents and a federal grand jury about how he learned CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity and when he subsequently told reporters.
Sembler, who is board chairman of the Sembler Company, a real estate and shopping center development company, said he has worked hard to raise money for Libby's legal defense fund.
"It's amazing to go to all this hard work when a crime never got committed," said Sembler, who also described himself as "dear friends" with Cheney.
Uh huh. I suppose someone chairing the "Make Sure Dick Doesn't Get Indicted" club would say that, Ambassador Sembler. Reading right from Comstock's script.