Date registered: Sep 2004
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^^^ Why not give a full pardon?
I think Bush is playing judicial roulette. He doesn't believe that Libby should be jailed (for whatever reasons, not important for this point of argument). So he has taken a half-measure while Libby's case is under appeal.
Here's the gamble. If Libby wins on appeal then Bush's intervention will appear wise and prudent. Fitzgerald would then appear to have persecuted an innocent man, etc. If Libby loses on appeal then Bush will do the full pardon on Jan 19, 11PM, 2009.
In either case, Bush has lost nothing in the exchange.
Why? Because most people's attitudes toward him are locked in-place. No matter what he does a significant portion of voters wil still hate him and no matter what he does, the core Republicans will not abandon him. This commutation for Libby has merely re-warmed a few supporters who were cooling toward him and heated mightily people who hated him anyway. This is no net loss for Bush and possibly, a small gain.
The biggest problems we are facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and that’s what I intend to reverse.
~ Senator Barack H. Obama