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Bush V. Cheney?

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Forget the shoddy memory defense. It looks like Scooter Libby's settled on a new strategy to avoid the slammer: blame the White House and Karl Rove. Byron York reports from the Libby trial:

[Libby defense attorney Ted] Wells told the jury that the White House went all out to defend Rove against accusations he revealed Mrs. Wilson's identity, but did not protect Libby in the same way, leading Libby to suspect that he was being singled out for blame in the matter. "[Mr. Libby] was concerned about being the scapegoat," Wells said. "Mr. Libby said to the vice president, 'People in the White House are trying to set me up, people in the White House are trying to make me a scapegoat.' People in the White House are trying to protect a man named Karl Rove, the president's right-hand man," Wells said.
Wells said he will present a note written by Dick Cheney himself about a conversation with Libby. In part, the note says, "not going to protect one staffer and sacrifice the guy that was asked to stick his neck in the meat grinder because of the incompetence of others." Wells continued: "The person to be protected was Karl Rove. . . . Karl Rove was President Bush's right-hand person. His fate was important to the Republican party if they were going to stay in office. He had to be protected . . . the person to be sacrificed was Scooter Libby."

Meanwhile, John McCain is blaming Cheney for Iraq. Hey, that's the great thing about the Bush administration: there are so many screw-ups that there's enough blame to go around for everyone!

--Jason Zengerle

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