Unconfirmed sources report that President Bush has awarded Patrick Fitzgerald the Presidential Medal of Freedom and nominated him to the Supreme Court. In what is being called another Bush ‘master stroke’ the President has been able to wriggle out of his current troubles. With all the attention being paid to Fitzgerald’s nomination to the Supreme Court the media focus will be taken off the White House scandals that threaten to swamp the Bush Administration.
“Brilliant Move.” Says Brooke Gladstone of NPR’s landmark program On The Media. “This switch-a-roo will take over two, maybe three, news cycles and bury the President’s current problems deep in the back pages of any good news paper. It could even relegate the Rove, Libby, and Cheney indictments to the news ticker on the 24 hour news services. You gotta hand to the President when it comes to the bait and switch he is a master.”
Fitzgerald received the medal and word of his nomination to the Supreme Court early this morning at the White House and announced that he would further delay or even cancel the announcement of possible indictments in the Valerie Plame affair.
Washington is a buzz with the news with Democrats calling it a political pay off and Republicans calling it proper recognition for Fitzgerald’s hard work.
“I knew this was going to turn out fine.” says Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas. “Fitzgerald has done a heck of a job, even though it was a big waste of time trying to find a ‘technical’ violation of some dumb old law. He deserves to be rewarded by the President so knows there are no hard feelings.”
“He will make a terrific justice. I just can’t wait till he gets on the bench.” says Washington insider Charles Krauthammer. “I don’t think the fact that this is a political payoff to get him to lay off the President will sully the reputation of the court or the President at all. This is just wonderful!”
Democratic lawmakers have been stunned into silence by the Presidents appointment, but have sworn to make a very forceful statement about the matter some time next year, after the 2006 elections.