Uncle Sam is looking for a few good men and women to serve on the jury for the Scooter Libby perjury trial. So far, it hasn't been easy. It seems all sorts of potential jurors already have opinions about Dick Cheney and his loyal staff. Dozens of informed citizens have been summarily dismissed, and more are likely as the trial gets underway. This is a disturbing trend, especially in a great nation once known for its political ignorance and civic indifference.
As a young man, I watched proudly as Los Angeles County prosecutors and defense attorneys picked from among thousands of California residents who had never heard of O.J. Simpson. Those days may be gone, but the good news is with a little bit of coaching, any one of us should be able to land on the Libby jury and serve our country.
Attorney: Were you for or against the war in Iraq?
You: For it. Iraq had no right to invade Kuwait.
Attorney: No, that was the Gulf War.
You: There was another Iraq war?
Attorney: Yes, it's going on right now. Do you know who Scooter Libby is?
You: Sure. The Scooter was the greatest Yankee shortstop ever. Except for Derek Jeter.
Attorney: Not Rizzuto. Scooter Libby. He was chief of staff for Dick Cheney.
Attorney: The Vice President.
Attorney: Do you have an opinion about Vice President Cheney's catering to the needs of the oil industry from the inception of his first term in office?
You: Well, I
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