by Leslie S. Lebl
Okay, here's a little experiment to stimulate the imagination: Imagine, for a moment, that you're back in time, say around 2007. Former Vice President Dick Cheney's aide Scooter Libby is being sent to jail for something, but darned if you can remember what it was. Oh, yes - for not remembering correctly something said to him in a meeting several years before that. Not for the "crime" under investigation: another individual had long before confessed to that action (identifyingValerie Plame as a CIA employee) and, besides, it was never clear that the identification was actually a crime.
Now, fast forward to today, when the Washington Post runs a headline, "The John Edwards trial: a final public flogging." I'm racking my brains but can't remember the Post oozing that much sympathy for Libby - can you? Especially when it's absolutely clear former Presidential contender Edwards committed a crime: he paid $400 for a haircut when he could have gotten an even better one for $12.95.
Seriously, I don't understand campaign finance laws and have no idea whether he has broken the law, but I don't really think his "persecution" can compare with that meted out to Libby.