Like the Duke rape case with Mike Nifong, the Libby case was a sour grapes Democrat's witch hunt from Day One. And the hoped for prize was Vice-President Dick Cheney. No crime was ever committed by Libby. Patrick Fitzgerald was fighting straw men,, and trying to make something utterly silly into a grave matter. Richard Armitage who actually leaked the information about Valerie Plame's CIA standing was never tried.
Even Christopher Hitchens, a liberal atheist, advocates the stupidity of this farce and urges Libby be freed forever. All you liberals out there need to read it carefully.
Bush will take major heat and bellicose outrage, but it was absolutely the right thing to do and I respect the president for having the guts to do it. He did not pardon Libby, as I think he should have, but rather commuted his jail sentence leaving the fines and probation in place.
Investors Business Daily says it best. Read the whole thing. More at Pajamas Media.
This from Fred Thompson last night, "I am very happy for Scooter Libby. I know that this is a great relief to him, his wife and children. While for a long time I have urged a pardon for Scooter, I respect the President's decision. this will allow a god American, who has done a lot for his country, to resume his life."
There will be a tidal wave of reaction and hate-filled rhetoric. Captain Ed has more.
But heaven help that we forget Bill Clinton's pardons for terrorists to a great outcry before he left office.
I, like Larry Kudlow, hope for a full pardon for Libby by an appeals process in thcourts or presidential fiat, before Bush leaves office.