Call it Pardon Lite[sup]TM[/sup].
Dick made George an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Libby’s lucky. Judging from his tenure as governor of Texas, clemency for convicts isn’t exactly Bush’s strong suit.
Color me fucking shocked.
Scooter skating is an excellent example of the Leader of the Free World standing up to the plate to patriotically protect the freedom of a United States’ citizen, praise be to God.
Good point! Could this be the first sentence that GeeDub has ever commuted? Or have there been other rich Republicans who needed his help staying out of jail?
So may we assume from this that his approval rating will never dip below 18 percent?
Hmmm… From what I see in some conservative blogs, some folks actually are mad at Bush for this too… for not giving Libby a full pardon. Since, y’know, he is totally innocent of wrongdoing, and only convicted because he was smeared in a totally partisan sham witch hunt of a prosecution.
Can’t win sometimes.
Well, at least he didn’t go all the way and pardon him.
Well, now we know exactly what he meant when he said:
“If there’s a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is,” Bush told reporters at an impromptu news conference during a fund-raising stop in Chicago, Illinois. “If the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of.”
back in 2004. He took care of him!
Yet. I expect that will come.
Yup. I’d say that 18% of the population would also like to be a firetruck.
Not quite. I was curious and tried to look up the numbers; as far as I can tell, this isn’t the first time Bush has used executive powers to grant clemency to a convict.
Some details here, if you’re curious:
Does he still have that option? (Serious question, by the way)
I don’t see why not. His constitutional authority to pardon is plenary, as they like to say in the trade.
Look for the pardon to be among the last things signed by Bush on his way out of the White House. No need to inflame the masses while they can still do something about it. Just slip it into all the others he’ll be issuing that last day.
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Oh, come now, John, certainly you can’t be surprised? The phrase “if the person has violated law” SCREAMS “wiggle room” and “weasel words,” after all!
Isn’t that how his father pardoned Hitler?
But Scooter still has to pay the fine!
Of course, it’ll take him about fifteen minutes to make that in the cushy Wingnut Welfare job he almost certainly has waiting for him.