What Magnificant Bastards They Truly Are
We return, naturally enough, to the Scooter Libby matter. The President's commutation of Scooter's sentance has prompted Keith Olbermann to call for the administration to step down entirely. But why, one might ask, was his sentance merely commuted? Why not pardon the man? Was it a minor concession to the reality-based community? Is the President in fact not wholly corrupt and motivated by partisan self-interest?
Of course, it was no such thing. Scooter Libby is still appealing his case. If in the meantime Congress were to call him to testify, he can therefore plead the Fifth and refuse to answer any or all questions about his role in the Plame affair.
If he were pardoned, this would of course not be an option.
We now return to your regularly scheduled despair.
(Also - the President's already said he's not ruling out pardoning Libby later - you know, when this whole Plamegate thing has blown over and the investigations have run their course. Really, they're such complete scumbags it's honestly breathtaking.)