The coming confirmation battles over the nomination of Strip-search Sammy Alito to the Supreme Court will make a great story.
Look at the cast of characters. A weakened, frustrated, angry and from all accounts increasingly unfocused President. His desperate, conniving Vice-President. His even more desperate and conniving Right Hand Man. A weepy, emotionally unstable Senate Majority Leader cracking under the strain of his own financial scandals. The aging, humiliated once too often chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee forced to choose yet again between standing up for his avowed principles or caving in to the bullying of his Right Wing colleagues. The seemingly mild-mannered Minority Leader who is cagey as all get out and solid steel.
And what a plot!
Will the supposedly pro-choice Republicans stick with the President on this one? Will the Democrats find the courage to stand up with their cagey, steely Leader? Will they filibuster? Will the Majority Leader go nuclear? Will the "compromise" hold? Will they blow up the Senate?
And, in the background, quietly, inexorably, Patrick Fitzgerald grimly prepares to bring Scooter Libby to trial and the whole lying gang into court to testify about how they ginned up a war and set out to cover up their evil schemes.
It would make a great novel, and almost certainly such a great novel will never be written.
Continued over at The American Street.