Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Reid: Don't Even Think About A Pardon

BEFORE YOU THINK ABOUT, WE'RE AGAINST IT

Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid, struck with another bit of genius yesterday. The Democratic leadership has produced such a precise and detailed plan of attack against the Republicans that it's even reacting aggressively to scenarios a year or two down the line.

Reid and his band of saviors of the Republic announced that they will send a letter to the President urging him not to pardon the recently indicted Scooter Libby.

Where did this come from? There wasn't a groundswell of innuendo about Libby's fate from anybody, at least, not just yet.

Instead, it was a sly move by the Democrats to bring back the conversation of the CIA leak investigation back to above the fold of your local newspaper. It also was a strong dose of clever politics from a party that has been bare of such ideas from Bill Clinton's time in the White House.

The endgame that the Democrats sprung on the White House erases one of the Bush administration's possible moves regarding Libby's fate.

The Democrats took what was lightly discussed in every classroom and smoky bar in America and publicized it. It is inconceivable that Bush--with such low ratings--could pull off the mechanics of a pardon for Libby without plunging the country in a frenzy against anything Republican.

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Amichai said...

Spam sucks, which is really as eloquent as I can put it.

In regards to your post, though I think it's a great way to keep the story in the headlines, I don't think it takes Bush's perogotive to pardon "Scooter" Libby, or anyone else who may be indicted and/or convicted. Since he is already in his second term, and Dick Cheney has stated numorous times he has no desire to run for president, they can pardon most anyone they want without fear for their own political futures. Once a new president is elected and he's, as they say, a lame duck, that's when he'll strike pardoning off those who he wants.