Holiday Eve Scooter Libby Reaction
If President Bush thought announcing Scooter Libby's commutation just before the 4th of July would decrease media attention or criticism, he was wrong. It's a firestorm out there, and it keeps on growing.
Check out Dan Froomkin in the Washington Post, his column is filled with unanswered questions about Libby and Cheney and has scores of links to news articles, blog posts and editorial page criticism.
Arianna educates the media that this is not a left or right issue, it's a right or wrong issue, and there's plenty of conservative criticism of Bush's action.
Sentencing Law and Policy has a roundup of legal commentary.
Jane and Marcy will be there live-blogging for Firedoglake. They need donations. Please, give what you can.
As outraged as I was when I heard the news 24 hours ago, my anger has just continued to build. So, it seems, has everyone else's, from the media who told Tony Snow today, "Don't Insult Our Intelligence" to talk radio to the blogs and the editorial pages of the nation's newspapers.
A few hours ago I was on Rachel Maddow's Air America radio show. I could hear my voice, filled with anger, rising in pitch as I spoke. My blood pressure was soaring after the show -- and it wasn't even a debate, just Rachel and I agreeing with one another.
Then I wrote an overly long screed about how the commutation trivializes and demeans the work of everyone involved in the criminal justice process, from judges to prosecutors, defense lawyers, probation officers and defendants. I'll post it after I've had time to calm down and edit it.
My new post, Libby Commutation: A Total Disrespect for the Rule of Law, is here.
Update: Perhaps for the first time ever, I agree with conservative blogger Patterico.
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