What if Libby Was Black or Mentally Retarded?

This post, written by Bob Cesca, originally appeared on The Huffington Post

Scooter Libby's sentence was "excessive," President Bush said.

In other words, two-and-a-half years in jail for perjury is just way, way over the line in a case in which the White House and Scooter Libby undermined national security; exposed a CIA agent's cover; and potentially damaged this agent's covert operation to track unaccounted-for nuclear material (loose nukes) -- all orchestrated by the vice president and Libby to sucker punch Ambassador Joe Wilson.

So the president all but pardoned Libby by commuting his prison sentence.

The Republican-American pundits and bloggers are, of course, applauding this action by the president for some reason, which is weird since the same set of googly-eyed Cotton Mathers wanted President Clinton at least impeached and, at most, castrated after he was caught lying to a grand jury about oral sex.

However, in the case of Scooter Libby, justice is simply too unfair and mean. To wit, I give you these remarks from Michelle Malkin's freshly minted comments section:
We need to support the President on this one. He did the right thing in the face of the stiff political winds. This witchhunt against Libby was wrong from the beginning. I only hope that the President pardons him later on. The libs are going to be spitting up their lattes up on this one.
This is a brilliant decision. This means that Libby can still appeal, and that the injustice done by the lower court can still be righted. A full pardon would have taken that away, from what I understand.
It was the LEAST Bush could do for Libby - and I do mean THE LEAST! he whole trial was a fiasco and Fitty should have been on trial by now for abuse of power Nifong-style.
Good decision. I always looked at the whole thing as a sham anyway. Too bad he is still strapped with the fines.
Yeah. Poor Scooter.

But let's get back to "excessive." That's a strong word considering President Bush's war for reelection and profit has killed anywhere from 30,000 to 600,000 Iraqi civilians. That's excessive. It's also a strong word for a man who four years ago today baited the Iraqi insurgents to attack our soldiers by taunting them with "bring 'em on" -- the most irresponsible statement any president has uttered since President Grover Cleveland streaked pantless across the White House roof while shouting, "Bring on a New Jersey Turnpike rest area named after me! Let it thus betoken my legacy, and so too the Roy Rogers fixins' bar contained therein. Oyez! Huzzah! And other joyous old-timey skidoo!"

What's excessive? President Bush, who suddenly hates excessive punishments, once refused to commute the death sentence of a 33-year-old mentally retarded black man with an IQ of around 60 and the functional skills of a 7-year-old boy.
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