No doubt the media and the most of the blogosphere are up in arms over President Bush’s presidential commutation (Pardon) of Scooter Libby. Let’s see what people have to say:
Hillary Clinton: This commutation sends the clear signal that in this administration, cronyism and ideology trump competence and justice.
Barack Obama: This decision to commute the sentence of a man who compromised our national security cements the legacy of an Administration characterized by a politics of cynicism and division, one that has consistently placed itself and its ideology above the law.
Dick Durbin: When it comes to the law, there should not be two sets of rules – one for President Bush and Vice President Cheney and another for the rest of America. Even Paris Hilton had to go to jail. No one in this administration should be above the law.
Joseph Wilson: Congress ought to conduct an investigation of whether or not the president himself is a participant in the obstruction of justice.
John Edwards: Only a president clinically incapable of understanding that mistakes have consequences could take the action he did today. President Bush has just sent exactly the wrong signal to the country and the world.
Joe Biden: It is time for the American people to be heard – I call for all Americans to flood the White House with phone calls tomorrow expressing their outrage over this blatant disregard for the rule of law.
John Kerry: President Bush’s 11th-hour commutation of Scooter Libby’s sentence makes a mockery of the justice system and betrays the idea that all Americans are expected to be held accountable for their actions, even close friends of Vice President Cheney.
Bill Richardson: The arrogance of this administration’s disdain for the law and its belief it operates with impunity are breathtaking. Will the president also commute the sentences of others who obstructed justice and lied to grand juries, or only those who act to protect President Bush and Vice President Cheney?
First, President Bush and his administration have been far from ideal in their handling of legally sensitive issues – ranging from Gitmo to the “wire tap” controversy. But let’s be completely honest about this particular incident: The President was completely, 100% within his rights to do this. Aside from the BS that the whole Libby spectacle was and considering he had nothing to do with the CIA leak (all of which justified a pardon), Bush has the right to pardon people, for any reason whatsoever. Period. You may not like it, but that is the way it is. I didn’t hear the same group of people and left wing bloggers up in arms after the ridiculous pardons that President Clinton made, and his were far more egregious than this one by President Bush.
Let’s see the list of President Clinton’s pardons and commutations: Click here
Wow! Now that’s a lot of pardons. You can’t tell me that Clinton was not involved in “cronyism” and didn’t “hold himself above the law.” For crying out loud, Clinton himself was charged with the same thing that Libby was, there more evidence against Clinton, but he got off scot free. So please, stop with “abuse of power” talk and take a deep breath. This is perfectly within Bush’s rights as were all the ones that Clinton did and every president since the founding of the country.