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The Rocket is headed for the docket. Roger Clemens has been indicted for allegedly lying to Congress about his steroid use. How foolish of Clemens to testify without first procuring an insurance company or a bank, or offering his services as a military contractor. Doesn't he know how Washington works?

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich didn't go down without a big fight (or a full-on media assault), and judging by the comportment of his controversial Senate pick, Roland Burris, we can expect another show of defiance if Burris is put on trial for perjury.

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An internal investigation has found that Bradley Schlozman, a former high-ranking Justice Department official, hired and promoted conservative "right-thinking Americans" while making it clear that "adherents of Mao's little red book need not apply" to work in his wing of the Justice Department. He also transferred an employee for allegedly using "ebonics."

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Remember when President Bush promised to fire anyone in the White House involved in the leaking of Valerie Plame's identity? How far we've come. "Scooter" Libby's commutation is but the latest outrage perpetrated by an administration more concerned with protecting its secrets than the rule of law.

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Bush probably has ensured that Cheney's guy won't spill the beans. But in doing so the president has thrown dirt on the words of the Declaration of Independence.

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No one should be celebrating July 4th more than I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who has been so liberated by certain of the nation's top officials that he apparently breathes the same rarefied air -- somewhere high above the law.

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