Posted by: Opey | July 3, 2007

Scooter Skating Sends Bad Signal

Again, I apologize for those of you out there who read this blog that are not big into the political scene, but this story needed to be touched upon. As I’ve mentioned before, I am of a strange breed of people who do not actively identify with a political party, but instead, I take a stance on an issue-by-issue basis. On the whole, I come down on the slightly conservative/libertarian side of things but I float in the wind a bit, in a good way in my opinion. Political affiliations and beliefs aside, the news yesterday that President Bush commuted “Scooter” Libby’s sentence came as a bit of a shock.  I realize that there was a fair amount of pressure on the president to either pardon Libby or commute his sentence, but sometimes you need to do the right thing or sacrifice the pawn to save the kingdom, depending on the political leanings.  If you sit on the blue side of the aisle, this commutation was a get out of jail free card for a person who committed a crime that was an unethical maneuver to attack political rivals.  From the red side of the fence, this may initially appear to be a good move, but one needs to look into the mid-range future to see where problems may rise.  This sends a bad signal to the moderate voting public as to the character of the Republican party.  “A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll taken in March asked if Bush should pardon Libby — 69 percent said no, 18 percent said yes.”  This should lead anyone to believe that a pardon/commutation would not be a good electoral move.  In my opinion, it would have been best to keep Libby in jail to show that the GOP was willing to correct their mistakes and take responsibilities for their actions.  The prison term may or may not have been “excessive” as Bush has said, I’m not going to touch that subject, but there really wasn’t a good middle ground to try to reach.  Given the choice between commuting a sentence or pardoning Libby and letting him spend some time in jail for the good of the party, I would have to say let Libby spend some time in “Club Fed.”  By commuting Libby, I believe Bush may have dealt a major blow to each and every Republican presidential campaign’s chances to win over the American public.

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