Only Fred Thompson Could Go to Nixon

Is Fred Thompson the GOP’s “change candidate”? I can’t keep them straight. If so, he might consider re-branding, because in terms of the crony-ridden and extra-legal ways of the current administration, he fits right in:

Thompson tipped off the White House that the committee knew about the taping system and would be making the

McCain and Public Funding

The Libby commutation took the spotlight off of McCain’s Q2 numbers, which was good for McCain, but it also seems to have drowned out a lot potential talk about the other R’s Q2 numbers, which is bad for McCain, because those other numbers aren’t so good. I mean, really: Romney’s $14m is not that much greater than McCain’s $11.2m, and …

The “W” Stands for “Wacky”

I admit that I will be sad when Joe Biden leaves the race:

“This guy is brain dead,” Mr. Biden said [of Bush] to surprised applause and laughter from the crowd. “I know I’ll be quoted, I’ll be killed for that.”

“This is a guy who is on the balls of his heels, here’s a guy who is lower off in the polls than any president

Dick Gephardt Endorses Hillary Clinton

The Clinton campaign has scheduled a 1 p.m. conference call to announce that she has picked up the endorsement of former House Democratic Leader (and presidential candidate) Dick Gephardt. (Raw Story had the news first.)

What’s the significance? Gephardt has made it clear almost from the moment that his own presidential campaign …

“Mr. Libby plainly falls under no such category.”

Swamphusband takes a swipe at the commuted man and his benefactor:

Even for an administration that has made a robust cottage industry out of politicizing the law, Mr. Bush’s fiat was a stunning move. Commutations come with quite explicit guidelines of their own – promulgated by the department of Justice back in the days before

Libby-Polooza at Andy’s Place

Andrew Sullivan is blogging his little British heart out over the Libby commutation. Worth reading in full, but here‘s a roundup.

I make no apologies for going cable on the Libby story. It’s about a presidency above the law, and contemptuous of the justice system. It’s about presidential defense of perjury. It’s about the murky run-up

The Re-Insurgent

And on the topic who has really benefited from the Scooter commutation:

In a conference call with reporters, campaign manager Terry Nelson and senior adviser John Weaver insisted that a combination of massive staff and salary cuts and a renewed focus on face-to-face “retail” politics could pave the way for an upset in early primary

Mr. Fitzgerald Begs to Differ

Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald does not dispute the prerogative that allows the President to commute Scooter Libby’s sentence, but adds:

We comment only on the statement in which the President termed the sentence
imposed by the judge as “excessive.” The sentence in this case was imposed
pursuant to the laws governing sentencings

Obama on Scooter’s Commutation

The campaign has released the following statement on Bush’s decision to commute the sentence of Scooter Libby:

“This decision to commute the sentence of a man who compromised our national security cements the legacy of an Administration characterized by a politics of cynicism and division, one that has consistently placed itself and

In the Arena In the Arena


I still think he should be emptying bedpans at Walter Reed…
I guess Bush feels, given his Guinness-worthy record of shameful dealings, that he had nothing much to lose by pardoning the meretricious neocon. And much to gain: Libby probably won’t write that tell-all memoir now.

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