July 2, 2007

Pardon My Scooter

Newsday is reporting that President Bush has commuted Scooter Libby’s 2 1/2 year jail sentence which he received for his involvement in leaking information about a CIA operative.

President Bush commuted the sentence of former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby on Monday, sparing him from a 2 1/2-year prison term that Bush said was excessive. Bush’s move came hours after a federal appeals panel ruled Libby could not delay his prison term in the CIA leak case. That meant Libby was likely to have to report to prison soon and put new pressure on the president, who had been sidestepping calls by Libby’s allies to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

At one time, Bush said he would fire anyone involved with this CIA leak.

Maybe by “fire” he meant “pardon.”

While this will likely cause fewer ripples in the media than the treatment Paris Hilton received, it reinforces the conclusion that the Bush administration has no respect for the laws of the land. And this is how they operate in broad daylight with the eyes of the law and the nation upon them. Who needs to sneak when you’re above the law?

Posted by James at July 2, 2007 6:27 PM
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Ugh.

Posted by: Julie at July 2, 2007 9:59 PM

First of all, I'm going to presume you know the difference between "commute" and "pardon". Secondly, that whole getting off scot free after committing perjury by lying to a grand jury sounds awfully familiar.

Posted by: Roger Williams at July 3, 2007 6:25 AM

I'm going to assume you hadn't read the clarification I posted last night.

By the link you provide I guess we could assume that Libby engaged in sexual relations with President Bush in return for this commutation. Scandalous! I just don't think the evidence is there.

Posted by: James at July 3, 2007 7:22 AM

I love that people try to compare outing an undercover CIA operative and trying to hide an affair. Kind of like comparing a 1st degree murder with a high school fist fight, both are wrong and against the law but not exactly comparable (or actually they are comparable but one is just clearly so much worse than the other as to make the comparison silly.

By the way, Clinton was never sentenced to jail time. He paid his fine, lost his liscence, etc. so he unlike Scooter DID pay for his "crime". I agree that what he did was wrong but he never should have been investigated for it and put in the posisition of perjuring himself in the 1st place.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at July 3, 2007 7:59 AM

Jumping into a room yelling "CLENIS!" and then jumping out gives you enough deniability that you can deflect being criticized for the comparison B.O.B. describes.

In any case, I agree with B.O.B. Of course, if you hang around anti-Clinton sites long enough, any out-of-context mention of a cigar, a dress, a president, sex, mammals, courts of law, and telephone calls will "sound familiar (breathlessly insert link here)."

Posted by: James at July 3, 2007 10:00 AM

Let's not ruin "Clenis" for the conservatives. Those pathetic BJs that happened more than ten years ago are all they have.

Posted by: Julie at July 3, 2007 4:37 PM

Ah, but wait--there's more.

The Prez said yesterday he would not rule out a pardon.

What a country.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 5, 2007 9:45 AM

From the Urban Dictionary, for those of you who, like me, are not familiar with the term "clenis":

2. Clenis

Bill Clinton's penis, the scapegoat of the right-wing. Blamed for everything from 9/11 to relations with North Korea. Feared greatly by Conservatives, as it is actually a functional penis.

e.g., "In today's speech, President Bush blamed rising unemployment and a failing economy on the Clenis."

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=clenis&defid=1150747


Posted by: Patti M. at July 5, 2007 3:46 PM

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