Washington DC - (Ass Mess): Capitol Hill sources are said to be increasingly worried that with the imminent jailing of Lewis 'Scooter' Libby US Vice President Dick Cheney is going to need a new frontrunner to ensure the FBI remains ignorant over the Valerie Plame outing business and that the Republicans stay in with a chance in the 2008 White House race.
Libby had been Cheney's official pacemaker for over six years and took care of the Vice President's trademark cold, heartless image in exchange for the kudos of an Administration job.
But having been caught lying to the Special Prosecutor assigned to officially investigating Plame's unmasking as a CIA operative and then perverting the course of justice to shield the cold-blooded bastard in the Veep's office, Libby's pacemaker credentials are now down the pan.
"Libby was daft to ever think he could get away with lying to FitzGerald," DC sources have said today.
"And Dick's a clot to let him be the fall-guy.
"Everybody knows Fitzie's always been after Cheney's ass and has been prepared to stalk his prey over the distance.
"All this talk of Cheney getting a 'new defibrilator' is crap, Washington double-speak for Dick's ass is in a sling and Fitzgerald's the one who's gonna lynch him in public."