Nonny, on Jul 2 2007, 06:12 PM, said:
This *is* the act of a coward--for *so* many reasons.
Nittany Lioness, on Jul 2 2007, 05:49 PM, said:
The man should have received a full pardon.
I wonder if that could still happen, technically I would guess so, though a pres. wouldn't make the commute move first I wouldn't think.
Of *course* he'll have a full pardon--on Bush's last day in office. And *that's* (one of the reasons) why it's the act of a coward.
And it's the act of a hypocrite. In the same breath as he issues the commutation, Bush condemns Libby for his crimes, which he calls corrosive to our system. (Of course, this will be conveniently forgotten when he issues the pardon--so he'll be doubly hypocritical. Then again, he *has* to reward the guy for not turning on Cheney.)
And it's the act of a political IDIOT because he could have issued this pardon last fall, before any of this evidence came out, before the conviction, and before his administration was dragged through the mud losing the support not just of the few Dems and independents he had left, but of a substantial number of REPUBLICANS in the process. Course, that wasn't just about Libby--or even mostly about Libby--but the point is: he could've saved himself all these months of embarrassing disclosures AND the conviction AND the fallout from this commutation... but he didn't.
Why? Because Bush will always roll those dice--whether the price to be paid is his, politically, or OURS--in lives and treasure.
BTW, just so we get this straight: the Republicans who argued so vigorously for a pardon, and who are crowing now that Bush did the right thing? These are the SELF-SAME REPUBLICANS who voted to impeach
a Democratic president for same crime: perjury.
Remember that the next time the GOP claims to be the party of "law & order."
Edited by ScottEVill, 02 July 2007 - 05:32 PM.