Paul Begala on the Libby pardon. He nails it, concluding:
It's interesting that we still have the capacity to be shocked by the extra-legal acts of this crowd. They came to power by stealing an election, by staging a near-riot to stop the counting of ballots in Miami, and by virtue of a Supreme Court edict that has joined Dred Scott in the judicial hall of shame. From that day to this Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney have held the rule of law in contempt.
And we still have 567 days to go.
By the by, in case you missed it, here's presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's statement on the commutation:
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) has issued the following statement in response to President Bush commuting the sentence of Lewis “Scooter” Libby:
”I think the President acted appropriately in exercising his power of clemency for Scooter Libby. As the President noted, Mr. Libby still has to pay his fine of $250,000 and serve two years of probation. The President acted compassionately towards Mr. Libby, his wife, and children, while showing respect for the judicial process.”
Credit Huckabee for this: In his own broad exercise of clemency as governor, a diverse group of people benefitted, not just the rich and well-connected. He, better than the notoriously hard-hearted Bush, has room to invoke compassion unhypocritically. His judgment on some of his clemency decisions is another matter, of course.