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July 2, 2007

Bush to commute Libby’s sentence

by Jason Pye

Fox News is reporting that the George W. Bush will commute the sentence of Scooter Libby.

Apparently, Bush doesn’t want Republicans to have any shot at retaining the White House in 2008 and seems destined to destroy his own party. This is a just a stupid political move.

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  1. I don’t see how this will make any difference. Republicans will not attract Democrat voters and independents probably won’t care in a year. This is a throwback to Bush supporters and actually give Republicans the opportunity to still point to the whole mess as evidence of rogue prosecutors. The whole prosecution was a political stunt so why should we be surprised when the pardon is one as well?

    Comment by trumpetbob15 — July 2, 2007 @ 5:12 pm
  2. I need to revise what I said. This still won’t mean much, but it might affect Republican voters because this wasn’t a full pardon, merely the elimination of the jail sentence. This probably is an even dumber move than an actual pardon because now Bush has made both Republicans and Democrats mad.

    Comment by trumpetbob15 — July 2, 2007 @ 5:33 pm
  3. Oh heck,no surprise,this whole administration is nothing but crooks,why would anyone be surprised…
    Bush is so far down in the polls,what another 10 or 15 points…

    Comment by Lance newell — July 2, 2007 @ 5:48 pm
  4. Frankly, anyone who was going to be pissed off by this isn’t going to vote Republican anyway, so I don’t think it’s that big a deal. And the Bush legacy isn’t a thing worth preserving.

    In the end, I’ve always thought two things (1) Libby was taking the fall for others higher up and the idea that he’d go to jail because of it while Cheney stayed home bothered me, (2) outside of the perjury charge, there’s no evidence a crime was ever committed in this case.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — July 2, 2007 @ 6:08 pm
  5. The perjury charge didn’t deserve 30 months, especially considering what he allegedly lied about had zero bearing on the actual case.

    It seems to me that if you fall on the administration’s side on the Plame matter then Libby is being hit with a trumped up charge. However, if you think the administration is at fault in this whole mess, then Libby is at worst the fall guy.

    Either way, let him go.

    Comment by Bret — July 2, 2007 @ 6:56 pm
  6. I don’t care if Bush commutes Libby’s prison sentence. I even expected it. Just goes to show how arrogant Bush is.

    He should have commuted the Border Patrol Officers sentences. You know, the ones who were protecting our country from Illegal activites and shot a convicted smugler in the arse?

    They should not have spent one day in prison but Bush wouldn’t do a damn thing about it.


    Comment by Martin from Modesto — July 2, 2007 @ 8:19 pm
  7. This commutation is no surprise, and it probably won’t hurt Bush for the simple reason that there’s no way Bush can go lower in approval polls with the American people.

    All this will do is energize Democratic voters more than they already are, pull more independents away from Republicans, and the neo-cons won’t be happy because it was not a full pardon.

    Comment by Kevin — July 2, 2007 @ 8:32 pm
  8. I agree with you Jason, this was a stupid political move. A smarter move would have been a full pardon, at least it would fire up or at least hold together the Republican base.

    Comment by Kevin — July 2, 2007 @ 8:33 pm
  9. Yes, I’d like to see a pardon for border patrol agents Ignacio Ramos, Jose Compean, and Genarlow Wilson, since Bush is in a pardoning/commuting mood these days.

    And as for Bush being such a bad guy for his Libby pardon.. anyone recall all the Clinton pardons, eh?
    The Dems are not much better at this folks.

    Comment by Republitarian — July 4, 2007 @ 8:50 am

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