WASHINGTON—President Bush spared former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case Monday, stepping into a criminal case with heavy political overtones on grounds that the sentence was just too harsh.
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.
“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.”
Bush left intact a $250,000 fine and two years probation for Libby, and Bush said his action still “leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby.”
I am, of course, extremely happy for Scooter and his family. At least he won’t have to go to jail for not remembering the correct sequence of conversations from years ago in a case about a non-crime committed by somebody else: Dickhead Armitage, something that was known to the prosecutor at the time.
On the other hand, you simply have to admire the talent for fucking up on the part of the President. Let’s see: He can either ignore Libby and piss off everybody with the slightest notion of actual justice while making the Dem Cong cheer for him until they get right back to hating him, or he can pardon Libby, creating cheers from the base that he’s been busy alienating, insulting and pissing on for 6 long years while ticking off the Dem Cong who hate his guts anyway.
So what does the dimbulb choose? To do something that is neither, pissing off everybody in the process. Say what you like about him, but he surely IS an equal opportunity offender. He never misses a chance to make as many people as possible spit on him. I’m in awe.
The Dem Cong, predictably, are outraged, OUTRAGED about this sudden outbreak of minimal justice:
“As Independence Day nears, we are reminded that one of the principles our forefathers fought for was equal justice under the law. This commutation completely tramples on that principle,” Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said through a spokesman.
Sandy Pantsbergler couldn’t be reached for comment. Just shut up, upChuck, shut the fuck up and go suck on the tailpipe of a Chevy ‘57, will you? There is no possible way that you could serve your country any better than by doing that.
Oh, and Harry Screed was bloviating something about the Bush Administration “not facing justice for silencing critics.” Because heaven knows, once Dickhead Armitage had mentioned non-covert agent Valerie Plame’s name, we never heard a single word from her or her lying sack of shit husband ever again! Gone. Poof! As if they never existed! Not a single appearance on the cover of magazines, not a second of airtime on the major news networks, no book deals, no public appearances, nothing!
Anyway, anybody dying to praise President “Throw My Friends Under the Bus at the Drop of a Sombrero” Bush may go ahead and do so, but I’ll wait until Scooter isn’t out $250,000 and hasn’t had his career and good name destroyed.