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So what. Really, so what. This news is getting way too much publicity, and I wrote my thoughts on why, below. Yeah, it’s cronyism. Yeah, it’s a “miscarriage of justice.” So what? Are they doing it on purpose to make people sick of it faster? Help them ride it out quickly? It’s working with me. +1 on that initiative.

Glen BeckPeople are trying to compare this to the Clinton impeachment 10 years ago. Honestly, that’s a reach. News sources like CNN’s Glen Beck, are comparing a blow-job with leaking national security secrets. Perjury is perjury, but the reasons for it and the backgrounds behind whatever Clinton did a decade ago and what goes on today in the Bush Administration are not the same. Perjury is wrong, but perjury isn’t the issue. Besides, one would expect Bush to learn from Clinton’s mistakes – not improve on them.

I would hit itHillary Clinton cut through the bullshit when she responded, “This (the Libby decision) was clearly an effort to protect the White House. … There isn’t any doubt now, what we know is that Libby was carrying out the implicit or explicit wishes of the vice president, or maybe the president as well, in the further effort to stifle dissent.” It wasn’t just pardoning a friend, or cronyism. It was protecting the Bush Administration. That’s where ordinary becomes extraordinary.

My message for the people is rather than putting all the focus on Scooter Libby, just add it to the punchlist of all the issues where the Bush Administration has Cleveland Steamrolled the law. In the past few weeks alone, there’s Cheney’s 4th branch of government, the denial of subpoenaed documents by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, there’s the denial of subpoenaed documents by Sara Taylor, and now Scooter Libby’s sentence commuting. It’s just another drop in the bucket, but not a very big drop. Stop treating it like a big drop. Ignore the smoke and mirrors.

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The President has decided that the punishment handed down to Scooter Libby, a man who was charged with perjury by a Republican appointed U.S. Attorney, found guilty by a jury of his peers, and sentenced by a strict conservative judge appointed by the President himself…was a little harsh.

“I respect the jury’s verdict,” Bush said in a statement. “But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison.”

Sure he still has to pay the hefty quarter million dollar fine, especially considering his “trust” has gathered millions this is gonna be a tough year for tax write offs.

I’m gonna deviate from the other left-leaning blogs and not let myself be outraged by this complete and utter lack of respect for the rule of law.  Oh well.

Who wants cake?

Yet, somehow, the world keeps turning.

Libby was found guilty on four of five counts, and in all likelihood will spend the next 1-3 years in prison.

While Libby was found guilty of obstructing the investigation, he was not convicted of the leak itself.

Good luck in Oz, buddy.