I am stunned by all of the media attention that Scooter Libby’s commutation has received. All of the ranking Democrats clawing for face time on the evening news, decrying how this administration thinks that it is “above the law.”
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who had demanded that Bush promise not to pardon Libby, called the commutation “disgraceful” and said, “History will judge him harshly for using that power to benefit his own vice president’s chief of staff.”
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama of Illinois said Bush’s action cements his legacy as one of “cynicism and division” that “placed itself and its ideology above the law.”
Senator Hillary Clinton of New York said the commutation “sends the clear signal that in this administration, cronyism and ideology trump competence and justice.”
But what of the pardons granted by Bill Clinton? Those apparently have been long forgotten.
And what of Sandy Berger, who only had a fine, probation and temporary loss of his security clearance after intentionally removing and destroying documents from the National Archives?
Now, don’t get me wrong; as far as I’m concerned, you do the crime, you do the time. But 2 1/2 years seems a little excessive in comparison to Berger’s slap on the wrist, especially considering that no one was charged with a crime or fired for the CIA leak.