Paris Hilton did more time than Scooter Libby.
George W. Bush was once asked, after presiding over the executions of over 152 Texans, about his reluctance to issue pardons and/or commute sentences. â€œI donâ€™t believe my role is to replace the verdict of a jury with my own,â€ Bush said, â€œunless there are new facts or evidence of which a jury was unaware.â€
He neglected to add, â€œOr unless heâ€™s a politically important friend of mine.â€
The presidentâ€™s decision to commute Scooter Libbyâ€™s sentence is truly contemptuous. A former senior Bush administration official recently said, â€œIt would show a deep disregard for the rule of law if [the president] was to do it right now, when there has been no remorse shown by a convicted felon and no time has been served.â€ That was in regard to a pardon, which may still be forthcoming, but the same principle applies.
Atrios is also spot on:
I’m going to be mad tomorrow. I’m going to be mad tomorrow that the elite media (except Keith) won’t point out that Bush’s commutation of Scooter’s sentence is essentially obstruction of justice. I’ll be mad because that concept was regularly inserted into the narrative during the Clinton days.
Mostly I’ll be mad because I have yet to see a prominent Democrat put the phrase “obstruction of justice” out there in relation to this. So perhaps my anger at the media is misplaced.