Just another day....
It was just another day in the Lady Logician's life.....I was doing laundry and preparing to start supper all the while reminding the dear child to finish his homework. I had the radio on in the background, tuned into Hugh Hewitt's first hour. OK - Hugh is talking about Senator Reid railing about Vice President Cheney again....nothing new right????? Coming back from commercial they are playing the 3 Stooges theme....The 3 Stooges theme?!?!?! Now he has my attention. This is what Hugh was talking about. Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer and Stabenow have sent a letter to the President asking him to "rule out the option of a pardon" for Lewis (Scooter) Libby. Pardon me (pun intended) Senator Reid, Senator Schumer.....did I miss something like a conviction here????? I could have sworn the man had not even gone to trial yet....aren't we jumping the gun just a little????? Hoping for a kangaroon court are we?????
"He (Reid) challenged the president in personal terms, urging him to "avoid falling in the footsteps of his father who pardoned six men, some were convicted, some were indicted in the
President Clinton also pardoned a bunch of people too as I recall. He pardoned some 140 people including Susan McDougal (Whitewater Scandal), HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros (lied to the FBI), first brother Roger Clinton (convicted of drug charges), CIA Director John Duetsch (faced criminal charges in connection with his having national secrets on his home computer) and Marc Rich (big time Clinton donor who was indicted of tax evasion ). More details can be found here. The Presidential pardon is a controversial privilege of office. Asking this President to forego that privilege is pandering, political posturing. In a situation like this (where they are in essence demanding that the President bow to the whim of the people that lost the last election) one has to wonder what, if anything, these Senators are willing to give up. Are they willing to give up their privilege of Advise and Consent on Presidential appointments? Somehow I think not. So their grandstanding goes....the Senate Democratic leadership preens before the fawning press and makes a request which the President will (if he is wise) dismiss out of hand.