"I respect the jury's verdict," Bush said in a statement. "But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby's sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison."The President has absolutely no experience that would deem him capable of determining whether a sentence is excessive. It's not like he was ever a judge or even a lawyer. Bush respects the jury's verdict so much that he's wiping out the entire prison sentence, which means a hotel heiress' DUI merits more time behind bars than exposing a CIA agent and lying about it, at least if you're Dick Cheney's buddy.
Prison was the only notable punishment in Scooter's sentence. A fine of $250,000? Oh come on, these are Republicans! I'm sure at least a dozen CEOs have already offered to pick up the tab for Scooter (probably in exchange for the administration loosening some "restrictive" environmental laws). Two years of probation? Sheesh, even Scooter can probably keep his nose clean for two years. Commuting the prison portion of the sentence and saying you respect the jury's decision is like telling a dog you respect his right to breed as you're neutering him.
But I have a dream...
That someday the indictments and convictions against this administration will come down like rain from the sky, washing away the filth of the G.O.P. and leaving behind gleaming streets of gold in Washington, DC, which will be reclaimed by We, the people. The guilty will be locked away so quickly that Dubya can't keep up, no matter how hard he tries to protect his pals. And someday, George himself will be tried, convicted, and put away for countless crimes against country and humanity.
Somebody pinch me.
UPDATE 07/03/2007 - I can't believe I overlooked this angle: Bob Cesca reminds us that Bush wasn't so generous toward the convicted when he was governor of Texas. He even "wrote" (actually, I think Karen Hughes wrote) in his autobiographic A Charge To Keep, "I don't believe my role is to replace the verdict of a jury with my own." I couldn't make up a better quote. Cesca also notes that the same Republicans who wanted to impeach Bill Clinton for perjury are applauding Bush for going easy on Scooter's perjury. Two-faced bastards!