First, the news:
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush spared former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak investigation Monday, delivering a political thunderbolt in the highly charged criminal case. Bush said the sentence was just too harsh.
Not a full pardon but enough to make the left cry foul and the right give approval. Libby’s still got to pay $250,000 in fines and be on probation for 2 years but he won’t spend time in prison. The left would like him to be shot and hanged, then shot again, so this will really irk them.
Statements from the 2008 candidates on both sides have been coming out ever since:
“This decision to commute the sentence of a man who compromised our national security cements the legacy of an Administration characterized by a politics of cynicism and division, one that has consistently placed itself and its ideology above the law. This is exactly the kind of politics we must change so we can begin restoring the American people’s faith in a government that puts the country’s progress ahead of the bitter partisanship of recent years.”
“Today’s decision is yet another example that this Administration simply considers itself above the law. This case arose from the Administration’s politicization of national security intelligence and its efforts to punish those who spoke out against its policies. Four years into the Iraq war, Americans are still living with the consequences of this White House’s efforts to quell dissent. This commutation sends the clear signal that in this Administration, cronyism and ideology trump competence and justice.”
Like Hillary Rodham Clinton should ever talk about “cronyism” and “competence”. Her husband pardoned people like Marc Rich who was convicted of tax evasion and ordered to pay $100 million fine. His pardons were some of the dirtiest ever imagined.
John “I make money off Ann Coulter” Edwards:
“Only a president clinically incapable of understanding that mistakes have consequences could take the action he did today. President Bush has just sent exactly the wrong signal to the country and the world. In George Bush’s America, it is apparently okay to misuse intelligence for political gain, mislead prosecutors and lie to the FBI. George Bush and his cronies think they are above the law and the rest of us live with the consequences. The cause of equal justice in America took a serious blow today.”
He’s a joke.
Update From The Angry American: FYI Johnny boy, your poster boy Bill pointed his finger at the cameras, hence THE AMERICAN PUBLIC and said and I quote “I did not have sexual relations with Miss Lewinski.”Â His lie wound up causing him to be impeached by the Congress. THERE is your crony.
Joe Biden wants people to call the White House:
Last week Vice President Cheney asserted that he was beyond the reach of the law. Today, President Bush demonstrated the lengths he would go to, ensuring that even aides to Dick Cheney are beyond the judgment of the law.
It is time for the American people to be heard.
I call for all Americans to flood the White House with phone calls tomorrow expressing their outrage over this blatant disregard for the rule of law.
Remind George Bush what he told staffers during a swearing in ceremony for White House staff back in January 2001.
Let’s assume the other Dems all mirror the feelings above.
“After evaluating the facts, the President came to a reasonable decision and I believe the decision was correct.”
â€I think the President acted appropriately in exercising his power of clemency for Scooter Libby. As the President noted, Mr. Libby still has to pay his fine of $250,000 and serve two years of probation. The President acted compassionately towards Mr. Libby, his wife, and children, while showing respect for the judicial process.â€
“I am very happy for Scooter Libby. I know that this is a great relief to him, his wife and children. While for a long time I have urged a pardon for Scooter, I respect the President’s decision. This will allow a good American, who has done a lot for his country, to resume his life.”
Fred has been saying Libby should be pardoned for a few months now. No surprise, I concur with Fred as I’ve been saying for several months.
Hot Air also has analysis and reaction.
Update from The Angry American: Ya know I find it dull, borring, and stale thatÂ democrats and republicans continuously take up an opposing stand, (dems more often)in thinking that it will give them more credibility even when they KNOW they are lying straight out of thier mouths to the American people just because they think it’s what we want to hear as opposed to what they really believe. So all the dems are against it and all the repubs are for it, no surprise right, we know that’s how they are going to respond so why do they bother offering thier worthless fake opinions?
Bottom Line: Scooter Libby didn’t deserve time in prison for being a scapegoat and they damn well know it. What you see happening here people, is a childish game politicians play. When a member of one party gets in some sort of trouble, members of the other party autmatically stand against thier own fellow american all due to friggin party loyatly, not because they belive in thier hearts the lies they spew out of thier mouths when they say they are against it, because every single one of them knows that if they were in the same position they would be expecting a presidential pardon too.
Welcome to the age old Political Blame Game. Politicians disgust me, they forget to be Americans…..