Much Ado About Libby

Conservative pundits have been spinning the perjury indictment of Cheney chief of staff Scooter Libby as "Nadagate," a "mountain that's been made out of a molehill" based on an "investigation about nothing." The latest CBS opinion poll, however, shows that the public is taking the scandal seriously. Of the people polled, 51% consider the White House role in outing covert CIA agent Valerie Plame a matter of "great importance" - giving it a higher ranking than the Monica Lewinsky, Whitewater and Iran/Contra scandals, and almost as high as Watergate. The scandal has helped Bush's ever-sinking popularity reach new lows, and "on issues of personal trust, honesty and values, Bush has suffered some of his most notable declines."