Monday, July 2, 2007

Bush Commutes Libby Prison Term

Because the laws of this land are for everyone but the members of the Bush Administration.

Check this out:
"I respect the jury's verdict," Bush said in a statement. "But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby's sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison."
So, yesterday, before Libby was going to actually have go to prison, Bush didn't think the sentence was excessive. But today he did.

If Bush were being really honest, the quote would have been, "I had to do this because we're feeling guilty about throwing Libby under the wheels of the bus. But what could we do? Let Cheney go to prison?"

Of course, the part of the sentence that Bush let stand, the fine and "probation," won't even make Libby break his stride. One wealthy donor can deal with the fine and it's not like the probation will be a problem for him now that he's no longer working for an employer who regularly calls upon him to break the law.

But there's a bright side.
Also, Libby isn't some schmoe in the Commerce Department. He was Cheney's chief of staff, and with the recent stories about Cheney practically running the White House, Bush's act looks like that of a puppet on a string. Not good PR for The Decider.
(btw, it's up to way more than 1,000)

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