Bush Commutes Libby Sentence
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
(SNN Washington) Monday, President Bush eliminated the 2 ½ year prison penalty from I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s sentence.
Bush made the decision to commute the sentence just five hours after federal appeals panel ruled that Libby would have to serve out his prison sentence while waiting for an appeal, thus wasting their time.
Bush said “the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive.” This is keeping with Bush’s policies in Texas where he commuted dozens of death penalty cases because his is a sensitive Christian, unable to let anyone server too harsh a penalty. Excuse me, I was having an acid flashback just there.
Most of the reason the President commuted Libby’s sentence is simply stated: Libby lacks the mental abilities to be held culpable for his indiscretions. First, he is a grown man who calls himself “Scooter”, and let’s face it, the words, “Hi, they call me Scooter,” never got anyone any trim. Second, Scooter risked everything to protect Dick Cheney, a man who is arguably less popular than Hitler.
The last reason Bush commuted the sentence is more complex, and gives us an interesting insight into the President’s thinking process. The President himself has difficulty finishing sentences. To him, the idea of a sentence that lasted more than two years was unthinkable.