My Beautiful Wickedness

Why is anyone surprised that Bush commuted Libby’s sentence?
July 2, 2007, 11:17 pm
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1) He can’t admit he’s wrong and he’s famously unaccountable.
2) He doesn’t understand the separation of powers or what “rule of law” means.
3) He honestly doesn’t believe that what Libby did was wrong.

I was only astonished that it took him so long — I guess he had to wait for the next big holiday, right? As far away from the Sunday talk cycle as possible.

Anger about stuff like this just saps my energy for doing important political work. Like Utah Phillips says, once you know they are bastards, you can stop exclaiming “hey, look, bastards!” and get busy doing something meaningful. Anyone who can be convinced that this guy is not very good for the office that he’s holding or the country that deserves better knows that already and little can be accomplished by further harangue. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary – or, if you’re more of a Longfellow sort:

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.


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The judge ruled this morning that no, Libby couldn’t remain free while the appeals continue, he would have to go to jail.

That’s why Bush signed the commutation this afternoon.

Comment by Nick Dupree

It was also true that it was a Monday before a long holiday, though, on a day where the thwarted bombings in Britain were the lead story. He’d love for Americans to just skate right on over this.

Comment by bridgett

The loss on the Immigration Bill and the defections of Voinovich and Lugar might be part of this too. The hardcore Neo-Cons have been hitting him up for a pardon since the sentence was passed down. This might be an attempt to offer an olive branch without going for the full pardon.

I wouldn’t be utterly shocked if a pardon comes latter just as Dubya is clearing his stuff out of the Oval Office.

Comment by Gerald

I envision a private meeting between a representative of Libby’s and some “high level official” during the trial whereby one of two things happened.

“Mr Libby will sing like an opera diva…unless somehow the prison gates never slam shut on him.”


“Don’t worry Lewis, the fix is in…there will be no prison time…”

Comment by imfunny2

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