I can't wait for the Canadian dumbshit-o-sphere to start weighing in with their junior high school opinions on this:
Pardon a sensitive topic for White House
Bush faces dilemma in case of ex-Cheney staffer Libby
The sentence imposed on former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby yesterday put President Bush in the position of making a decision he has tried to avoid for months: Trigger a fresh political storm by pardoning a convicted perjurer or let one of the early architects of his administration head to prison.
The prospect of a pardon has become so sensitive inside the West Wing that top aides have been kept out of the loop, and even Bush friends have been told not to bring it up with the president. In any debate, officials expect Vice President Cheney to favor a pardon, while other aides worry about the political consequences of stepping into a case that stems from the origins of the Iraq war and renewing questions about the truthfulness of the Bush administration.
No, really, let's crack open a cold one and wait to see which Blogging Tories embarrass their species by pontificating on this topic while forgetting to mention salient details such as:
If Bush were to decide to pardon Libby, he would have to short-circuit the normal process. Under Justice Department guidelines, Libby would not qualify for a pardon. The guidelines require applicants to wait at least five years after being released from prison. The review process after the submission of an application typically can take two years before a decision is made.
But I absolutely can't wait for someone to try this grotesque illogic (*cough* Dr. Roy *cough*):
[National Review] contended that Libby had been "found guilty of process crimes," when the special prosecutor never brought charges relating to the leak of CIA officer Valerie Plame's name: "He is a dedicated public servant caught in a crazy political fight that should have never happened, convicted of lying about a crime that the prosecutor can't even prove was committed."
Yeah, goddamit ... "convicted of lying about a crime that the prosecutor can't even prove was committed." I mean, Jesus, Scooter didn't commit the crime, he only committed perjury when he lied about it afterwards. I mean, when did perjury related to a non-existent crime become such a big fucking deal? Oh, wait ... that's when.
So let's go, BTs!! I frequently accuse you of being vacuous, lamebrained dumbasses and, so far, you haven't let me down yet. Now would be a bad time to start.