The commutation of Scooter Libby’s prison sentence is just the latest in a long series of “it surely can’t get any worse than this” events that have plagued the nation since Bush was appointed president. The biggest surprise this time was how many people were surprised; we should all know by now that Bush doesn’t care what anyone thinks and, with no more elections before him, is likewise above political polling.
Nothing more dangerous than a lame duck with a rocket launcher in his hands. Our president.
Keith Olberman has been one of the sharper voices opposing Bush’s reign of error, and this last outrage has him especially pissed off:
The twists and turns of Plamegate, of your precise and intricate lies that sent us into this bottomless pit of Iraq; your lies upon the lies to discredit Joe Wilson; your lies upon the lies upon the lies to throw the sand at the “referee” of prosecutor Fitzgerald’s analogy, these are complex and often painful to follow and too much, perhaps, for the average citizen.
But when other citizens render a verdict against your man, Mr. Bush, and then you spit in the faces of those jurors and that judge and the judges who were yet to hear the appeal, the average citizen understands that, Sir.
It’s the fixed ballgame and the rigged casino and the prearranged lottery all rolled into one, and it stinks.
The fact that all of this happened pre-fourth of July is particularly irksome.
It is nearly July Fourth, Mr. Bush, the commemoration of the moment we Americans decided that rather than live under a king who made up the laws, or erased them, or ignored them — or commuted the sentences of those rightly convicted under them — we would force our independence and regain our sacred freedoms.
We of this time — and our leaders in Congress, of both parties — must now live up to those standards which echo through our history. Pressure, negotiate, impeach: get you, Mr. Bush, and Mr. Cheney, two men who are now perilous to our democracy, away from its helm.
And for you, Mr. Bush, and for Mr. Cheney, there is a lesser task. You need merely achieve a very low threshold indeed. Display just that iota of patriotism which Richard Nixon showed on August 9th, 1974.