Posted by: mutantpoodle | July 3, 2007

Libby Commutation: GOP contenders like traitors!

benedictarnold300OK, I’m pissed, and I admit it. I’m pissed because in the reality-based community that should exist, Al Gore is finishing his second term; al qaeda is isolated and on the run, and the international pressure on Saddam was so intense he took a $20 billion buyout to leave Iraq peacefully; no one has heard of Valerie Plame, and the Supreme Court consists of a working majority of Justices who have actually read the constitution.

In this reality, however, George Bush still commuted Scooter Libby’s sentence but didn’t pardon him, so there’s no way he’ll ever talk about Cheney, and now idiot Republicans are stroking their chins thoughtfully and saying what a wise decision our leader made.

Rudy was first out of the gate.

“After evaluating the facts, the president came to a reasonable decision and I believe the decision was correct.”

Well, goody. You want to tell me how many Perjurers and Justice Obstructors you thought should skate with no jail time when you were a Federal Prosecutor?

Fred Thompson, who helped raise money for Libby’s defense fund, uttered this inanity:

“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.”

Hey, Law and Order guy – it’s good to know how strong you’ll really be on National Security. Here are some other “good American” types you might want to start championing: Robert Hanssen, Jonathan Pollard, and Aldrich Ames.

And then there’s mutt-punishing Mitt, who really should inject something into his empty suit before he talks. You know you’re on shaky ground when MSNBC gets snarky:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who as Massachusetts governor refused to pardon an Iraq war veteran’s BB-gun conviction, on Tuesday called President Bush’s commutation of Scooter Libby’s prison sentence “reasonable.”

Mitt thought very carefully about what Bush had done, remembered that he was playing a wingnut these days, and pronounced himself well satisfied with Bush’s specious serious reasoning:

Defending Bush, Romney said at a campaign stop that “the president looked very carefully at the setting” before deciding to commute the 2 1/2-year sentence of Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, who was convicted in the CIA leak case.The prosecutor in the case “went after somebody even when he knew no crime had been committed,” Romney said. “Given that fact, isn’t it reasonable for a commutation of a portion of the sentence to be made?”

Well, sure, except that “that fact” isn’t given at all – it’s not a fact, it’s what people might call, um, a LIE. An undercover CIA Agent, whose identity was CLASSIFIED, was outed to punish her husband, who accurately pointed out that at least one part of the Administration’s case for the Iraq war was fictional. And the most senior Bush Administration officials were behind it. That makes George Bush a party to blocking an investigation into an act in which he and his vice-president were complicit – that’s Obstruction of Justice. Don’t think so? Go here.

Of course, the “Clinton got away with Perjury” line and “Clinton pardoned lots of people” line is getting GOP play (Mitt used the latter as he defended Bush). I addressed that first meme here; and I’ll tell you what: when you show me one pardon Clinton granted that could conceivably be interpreted as covering up his own malfeasance, then maybe you’ll have a point. Until then, multiple choice Mitt, you might want to keep your mouth shut and have people think you’re a fool, rather than open it and remove all doubt.

[Image via Dhonig.]


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