Isn't this just outrageous?
President Bush's move to commute former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's 2 ½-prison term for lying and obstruction of justice in the CIA leak case has drawn harsh criticism from Democrats who said the decision showed the administration's lack of accountability.
Stopping short of issuing a pardon, Mr. Bush issued a statement Monday sparing Libby from jail, but he left in place a $250,000 fine and probation for the ex-chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney. The president's announcement came just hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that
I mean, really. It should have been a pardon, which would have said, "This is all political nonsense, and Libby shouldn't be a scapegoat," or nothing at all, which would have said, "I've lost the base anyway, so let the actions of the justice system run their course." A commutation is the only possible action guaranteed to tick off almost everybody. How does he do it?