Call Me "Scooter"

Lewis Libby, the vice president’s former chief of staff, insists he's been made a scapegoat by White House officials in order to protect Karl Rove, the brains behind Bushie.

His lawyer also asked jurors this morning to call him by his nickname, "Scooter." Does it get any more surreal than this?

1. This former chief of staff of the vice president writes and manages to get published a lousy novel that supposedly is a roman a clef.

2. He doesn't want to reveal what the I in his name (I. Lewis Libby Jr.) stands for. Is it Irve or Irving???

3. He writes that ridiculous letter to Judith Miller. "Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them. Come back to work — and life."

This guy's been living out his detective-novel fantasies in the highest reaches of our government!

And now he's insisting that he not be called Lewis in the courtroom, but Scooter.

"He's been a Scooter since he was a little baby, because he'd scoot around... He's always been Scooter, because he's just moving."

Yeah? Didn't he say it was because he was being compared to Phil Rizzuto?

Oh, please! He's trying to de-demonize himself. How cuddly... How harmless... How can someone called Scooter be such a bad man...

Jurors! Don't fall for it! Recognize one of the avatars of evil!