Thursday, June 14, 2007

Scooter In The Dock: Part Deux

image credit: Library of Congress

Happy Flag Day.

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is once again in court, this time for sentencing. It's starting to look like there won't be a decision today, but stay tuned. Firedoglake is live blogging the proceedings. Here's today's first installment.

Needless to say, the drumbeat from the Republican shills for a pardon hasn't let up. If anyone doubts that Libby will be pardoned, consider this - these guys never do anything because it's the right thing to do. They've been put up to it. By whom, you wonder? I hope not for long. The only question is when it will happen. The Bush Administration doesn't care about public opinion at this point, since nothing's likely to change that short of a complete turnaround in Iraq. They clearly don't care about the Repbublican Party's future, just their own. As for the idea that Bush won't do it because he could be impeached? Do you really think that this crew of marshmallows is going to impeach anyone? He could eat a baby on the White House lawn in broad daylight and they wouldn't touch him.

Meanwhile, Taylor Marsh has a couple of interesting bits in her Hot Topics column today. The first is the article where I found today's picture. Thank you. The second is about the universal health care plan John Edwards announced more details about today. So far, it's been an interesting read. The goals are well thought out. I'm not so sure about the methods, but with something as complex as this problem I suspect that's inevitable. For my part, I think making things simpler is a good way to go. Anything that tends to make the problem even more complicated is probably not such a good idea. Hopefully, I'll be a little more specific later after I've read and digested.

UPDATE: Judge Walton has ruled that Libby must begin serving his jail sentence, which will be for a maximum of 30 months. Firedoglake has a live blog account of the events.

UPDATE 2: Larry Johnson's come up with an activity schedule for Scooter while he's in jail. Personally, I think he, Cheney, Abu, and W. should all spend some quality time experiencing what they were glad to subject others to.


G-Natural said...

It would be rich to impeach this easily-demonstrable war criminal for pardoning poor little Libby; but on the other hand, the "Al Capote Tactic" has worked on more than one occasion since...

I'm amazed at all the people who say, "He'd never do that; it would be a PR disaster". The ridiculousness of such a comment in today's world is so self-evident no response is ever necessary.

Cujo359 said...

Elsewhere, I called it "20th Century thinking", the idea that somehow the interests of the country or even their own party will ever trump the Bush Administration's interests in this matter. "Le Parti, cest mois!", Bush would probably say if he were inclined to speak French. It's quite clear that he's correct, given how little the Republicans in Congress are inclined to oppose him even when anyone with a functioning mind would know it's well past time to do so.

Until the Democrats and the Republicans in Congress stand up on their hind feet and do what's right, Bush will go on doing what he's doing and get away with it. I see know reason to think things will change any time soon.