While on my walk Sunday I watched a muskrat that was eating water plants at the edge of a marsh beside the road. If it knew I was there, that didn’t disturb it any.
Spencer Ackerman writing about the Leader: ‘If a consistent thread ties these episodes together, it's that, for Bush, his poor fortunes are the faults of lesser beings.’
Well, now, a commutation—presumably Bush was afraid that prison would make Libby talk, and was not sufficiently courageous to risk obstruction of justice investigations and loss of Libby’s 5th amendment right, which the pardon so many people have expected would instigate. This was much safer for Bush than a pardon, although it does bring the spotlight onto Bush and I don’t care what difference it makes to Lewis Libby.
Josh Marshall writes: ‘The only basis for this decision is that Libby is the vice president’s friend, the vice president rules the president and this was the minimum necessary to keep the man silent.’