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Scooter Gets Off July 3, 2007

Posted by fitsnews in US Politics.



FITSNews – July 3, 2007 – We’re struggling to understand why everybody is so worked up over President George W. Bush‘s decision to commute the prison sentence of former Vice Presidential aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby. It’s kind of like the O.J. verdict, except this time it’s a lot of crusty old white people celebrating way too much for no good reason.

We think the real outrage here should be that a man over fifty continues to go by the nickname “Scooter.” Which for the record is one letter away from being called “Cooter.” And while we’re thrilled that sales of our patented “Pooper Scooter” (above) are through the roof right now, we think the whole affair smells south of cheese.

Republicans got caught compromising national security, lied about it and are now pulling strings in an effort to avoid the consequences of their actions. And it wasn’t like they did any of it for a noble purpose, the whole thing was purely a vindictive (albeit clumsy) attempt to settle a political score. But hey, let’s have a Scooter party anyway!



1. Mouse Jockey - July 3, 2007

The Scoot man was going to go to the slammer for 30 months for having a different recollection of 3 year old phone callls than fat Timmy Russert. How in the world did that compromise national security? Now he gets to appeal this ridiculous verdict and, in January 2009, will receive the full and complete pardon he deserves.

2. Palmetto Observer - July 3, 2007

Maybe Kevin Geddings should call Bush as well. I mean he didn’t even jeopardize national security…

on the OJ thing though, the difference was, “since the glove didn’t fit..they must acquit”..and he was found innocent, even though 99% of sane folks believe he’s guilty. So should Clinton have sent him to jail because he “agreed with the jury, but it was too lenient?”

Man this thing stinks. Bush speaks of accountability,and that we should have more personal responsibilty, but low and behold, “Scooter” won’t be held responsible. Which I must say I agree with you on the name…if you have ever seen Be Cool it reminds me of when John Travolta tells Harvey Keitel that “CAROSEL Records, besides being the dumbest name of a company”…

3. Gal Leo - July 3, 2007

I am trying to figure out who is more willing to sacrifice traditional Republican principles on the altar of his own personal agenda. My candidates so far:

1) George Bush (Scooter Libby; NCLB; prescription drugs)
2) Lindsay Graham (immigration; judge compromise)
3) Katon Dawson (state-funded primaries)
4) Mark Sanford (veto debacle)

With friends like those, one has to wonder why the GOP has to worry about Nancy Pelosi.

Minority Party, here we come.

4. Been there, done that - July 3, 2007

In President Bush’s statement he agreed with the jury. He also pointed out that the probation officer himself recommended a less stringent sentence than the one that was imposed.

As a result of him lying under oath, Scooter Libby has lost his law license, he has lost credibility, and he has put himself and his family through incredible scrutiny. Oh, and how could I forget the $250,400 in fines that he has to pay. Who really thinks that commuting his 30 month sentence (not his 2 years probation, mind you) is the Bush administration not holding him accountable? He’ll never practice law again. I seriously doubt that he will lobby in DC. He’ll probably end up as a policy advisor for a corporation if he is lucky.

I don’t know how many of you have met Scooter Libby, but I have on several occasions, and he is a stand-up guy. He has given years and years of service to the United States government (years where he could have been earning millions in the private sector) and as a result of a lapse of memory he will not be remembered for anything but this.

5. Just sayin' - July 3, 2007

I think Ravenel should be eventually pardoned too. Maybe even premetively before any possible convictions. This would be more important to the GOP because Libby is the past and Ravenel is the future of the GOP is wouldn’t hurt Bush’s ratings in the slightest and would be wildly popular among the GOP base.

6. Gal Leo - July 3, 2007

Been There is not wrong, and his personal insight is noteworthy. At the same time, my guess is that the same could be said of many individuals accused (and convicted) of crimes.

The factors he mentioned are traditionally considered in the sentencing phase of any criminal proceeding. For whatever reason, the judge was not as convinced as Been There (or the President) would have liked.

None of which changes the fact that the President made an extremely questionable call, at an extremely questionable time. Defend it all you want — but if you were one of the legion who cried foul and decried the blatant political motivations behind Bill Clinton’s pardons 6 years ago, then your complaints ring hollow.

The bottom line: Bush’s actions continue to blur the line between the Dems and the GOP.

Ask yourself: if Clinton were still in office, and Scooter was one of his minions, would the result have been any different?

7. Silence Dogood - July 3, 2007

Been there done that, I am sure Scooter Libby is a nice guy, but thirty months was the federal mandatory minimum not some arbitrary number set by an overly capricious “activist judge.” Furthemore, in the same breathe that this came out spokesman Tony Snow also mentioned that a full pardon was not off the table (and maybe even restitution to Libby for the troubles?) which I don’t think we should be too surprised to see coming sometime in Jan. of 2009 – this is just a wild hunch. After a full presidential pardon this will not only be off his record, but he will be able to get his law license reinstated.

“He’ll probably end up as a policy advisor for a corporation if he is lucky.” – Whoo, never considered it that way, life is tough all around, and while those positions normally squeak by at slightly better than minimum wage, I am sure you realize it will be enough to pay off his fine to the government – on the wild assumption he is not pardoned for that too, in short order.

“as a result of a lapse of memory he will not be remembered for anything but this.” – If you really believe this last doosy of a statement then in the words of Yoda “I feel your anger” no wonder you are so ticked and thinks he deserves to have been pardoned.

The judge who sentenced Libby noted there were “overwhelming” evidence that he gave the false evidence under oath for the purpose of “thwarting investigators,” not the ‘memory lapse’ issue that we keep hearing about. So thanks, but not thanks.

8. Gal Leo - July 3, 2007

I think Just Sayin’ makes the point better than I ever could.

God help us if he/she was serious…and if that is really what the collective mind of the party has come to.

Feed the base…Ignore the law…Just win, baby!

9. Newspaper Hack - July 3, 2007

I could have predicted the gnashing of teeth, but it’s really not a big deal. Like has been said, he still has to deal with the other punishments, but just not the jail time. Sounds pretty fair to me.

10. Come on... - July 3, 2007

Newspaper Hack, you don’t really think that Libby won’t be pardoned do you? Which will eliminate any punish except the guilty pleasure he can enjoy in knowing he kept the Special prosecutor, appointed by Bush himself, from getting to the truth in this matter.

11. Been there, done that - July 5, 2007

Silence Dogood-

I reread my post twice and no where in it do I say or insinuate that Scooter Libby needs to be pardoned. I fully agree that a crime was committed and I fully agree that he should pay for that crime. The question at the heart of this matter is whether or not the punishment fits the crime.

Special prosecuter Fitzgerald set out to discover the source of the leak that outed Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. Did Scooter Libby do this?

A crime was committed in the process of the investigation and that is a shame. Scooter Libby resigned his post, defended his actions, and was subsequently convicted by a jury of his peers. He is guily there is not doubt of this and I am the last person that you will hear bad mouthing the verdict.

While Tony Snow has stated that a pardon is not off the table, said pardon has not yet been issued. In other words, he ain’t done it yet and there is no guarantee that it will be done. So, until President Bush pardons Scooter Libby, the subject of a pardon is moot. His sentence was commuted.

12. Silence Dogood - July 5, 2007

Been There Done That,

You stated “Special prosecuter Fitzgerald set out to discover the source of the leak that outed Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. Did Scooter Libby do this?” however, Scooter convenient memory lapse was the reason Patrick Fitzgerald didn’t find out the source and path of the leak for which Bush said he would hold those accountable who took part in it. Many people believe thrwarting the investigators intentially from getting to the heart of the investigation is as bad as or contemptible as commiting the underlying crime. According to the statutes of the United States the punishment did fit the crime and was actually on the low end of it. 18 USC 1001 violations for lying to federal investigators during the course of an official investigation actually carries a sentence of five years (which I actually believe is overly harsh), but is the law of the land). Apologies for a slip of the keys on “thinks he should have been pardoned” but if it was only a lapse of memory I would actually agree with a full pardon and not just commutation. Indeed you were only arguing that the commutation was a just result. If my clairvoyance proves correct and he is indeed pardoned, do you think that would be in appropriate? Keep your answer in mind if my wild hunch turns out to be true, and even if not, in my personl estimation of this case (worth what it cost to make) I think this was an inappropriate action on the part of the President which sent a poor message about our justice system, but probably did send the message he wanted to give to subordinates as is time starts to grow short in the White House.

13. Hmmm - July 6, 2007

Wait. How did Scooter Libby “compromise national security” when Richard Armitage is the one who revealed Plame’s CIA role? You are all idiots.

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