Steve Perry, writing at the City Pages, is right: you can't tell the players even with a program. Patrick Fitzgerald has run a thorough, ethical investigation unlike, say, Kenneth Starr's leak-imbued witch hunt. We know precious little about what Fitzgerald plans to do, including whether he plans to bring any charges at all.
If Dick Cheney goes down in a blaze of infamy -- one of the few times where the cheers on the left will be equally echoed by the cheers out of Langley -- that story will play well into the 2006 elections. I imagine Amy Klobuchar would love nothing more than pointing out Mark Kennedy's ->thisclose<- ties to the most corrupt administration since Reagan traded arms to terrorists and shat all over the Boland Amendment.
But if Dick Cheney doesn't take a fall, and chances are that he won't, then what? Politics is the art of winning elections. It's right, proper, and good that the people who blew Valerie Plame's cover are punished, but the Bushies who organized and benefited from that heinous act should suffer, as well. Scooter Libby doing 3 months in the stocks isn't going to sway too many voters in '06.