The staff at Editor & Publisher have compiled newspaper editorials on Bush’s decision to hand Libby a get-out-of-jail-free card and “nearly all of them have condemned the Bush act.” Which makes for some fun reading—until you realize that: A) Bush doesn’t care; and B) it doesn’t really matter, because impeachment’s “off the table” as far as Congress is concerned, no matter what the fuck he does.
Meanwhile, Quixote says in comments: “An astute reader over at Josh Marshall’s TalkingPointsMemo notes that by commuting the prison sentence but not pardoning, Libby still has a fine and probation at stake. That gives him the continued right against self-incrimination and to refuse to testify before Congress. Now everybody wins. (Everyone who counts. There is nobody else.) Libby wins because he doesn’t go to the slammer, and therefore won’t talk in a plea bargain to stay out. Bush and Cheney win because he can’t be compelled to testify about what the hell was actually going on. Cool, huh?”
Fuckity fucking fuckers.