Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Libby Pardon

The Maximum Leader at Naked Villainy had a few thoughts about the Libby pardon which echo my own. He writes:
...your Maximum Leader believes that what Scooter Libby was convicted of was (more or less) disagreeing with Tim Russert on matters relating to a time line. Honestly, your Maximum Leader didn’t care if Scooter Libby went to jail or not. And frankly, George W Bush is so unpopular now that any action he took (or yet chooses to take) on Scooter Libby can’t hurt him politically. Bush is beyond these “little” things hurting him now. And, truth be told, your Maximum Leader is more than a little pissed that Bush has done such a half-assed job of using his pardon powers. If you are going to take an action that will be so politcally charged that your enemies will be demanding your head on a pike; and your friends are not going to make any attempt to give you cover - well then you might as well just commit yourself to your choice. What Bush has done here is take a half-step that does nothing but keep the wound open just deep enough to keep from closing. And since Bush has left open the possibility that a full pardon may yet be in the works… This isn’t over yet. Bush should have either done nothing and let Libby hang - or he should have just given Libby the full pardon. But Bush isn’t good at thinking these things through…

It was a bogus case from the beginning (I would refer the reader to my post on Valerie Plame back in March). It would have gone nowhere without Chuck Schumer insisting on independent council. Bush leaving the conviction standing means that Libby will be disbarred. But that's not such a bad thing. Clinton (male) was disbarred. And it does not matter.

Yes, I can't resist flogging the dead horse that is Bill Clinton. Clinton (male and female) lied repeatedly, in public, on the record. Clinton (male) lied under oath, and was impeached. He asked others to lie on his behalf. And then he lied about the lies.

All the while, the real leaker in the Plame case, Undersecretary Richard Armitage, remained silent while Libby twisted in the wind. For supposedly lying about a conversation he had with a TV talk show host. Seems rather trivial by comparison, but hey, it's just another nail in Bush's coffin.

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