The Chimp in Chief discovers compassion

And ain't it just about time?

From the New York Times:
President Bush just talked a little about his decision to commute the prison sentence of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney in the C.I.A. leak case.

First of all, I had to make a very difficult decision. I
weighed this decision carefully. I thought that the jury verdict should
stand. I felt the punishment was severe, so I made a decision that
would commute his sentence, but leave in place a serious fine and
probation. As to the future, I rule nothing in or nothing out.

Poor Scooter shouldn't have to undergo a severe punishment.
He's a good ol' boy, and they don't do things like that.
I understand the Libby defense fund has been generously filled by the owners of our government, so poor Scooter won't have to pay his fine out of his salary or anything either.
The Chimp-in-Chief won't rule out a complete pardon, so he may not even be inconvenienced by two years of probabtion..
After all, as on probation, doesn't he have to avoid the company of known felons?
That might be a difficult condition to honor, since convicted felons Abrams and Poindexter work for the White House (anyone remember Iran Contra?).

But if you find it difficult believing in Bush's sudden empathy for someone convicted of a crime, and facing the severe consequences of it, possibly you are trying to remember this charming episode from Bush's Texas days:

(From Wikipedia entry on Karla Faye Tucker, the first woman to be executed in Texas since the Civil War)
Before Tucker was executed, there were pleas for clemency from Waly Bacre Ndiaye, the United Nations commissioner on summary and arbitrary executions, the World Council of Churches, Pope John Paul II, and Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, among other world figures. Unusual pleas came from conservative American political figures such as Newt Gingrich and Pat Robertson, interceding on her behalf. Tucker did not ask for a pardon, only commutation of her death sentence to life in prison.
Huntsville Prison's warden testified that she was a model prisoner and
that, after 14 years on death row, she likely had been reformed.
Despite these pleas, Bush signed her death warrant. In 1999, during the 2000 Republican Presidential primary race, conservative commentator Tucker Carlson interviewed Bush for Talk Magazine (September 1999, p. 106). Excerpt from this interview is quoted below:

In the weeks before the execution, Bush says, a number of protesters came to Austin
to demand clemency for Karla Faye Tucker. "Did you meet with any of
them?" I ask. Bush whips around and stares at me. "No, I didn't meet
with any of them", he snaps, as though I've just asked the dumbest,
most offensive question ever posed. "I didn't meet with Larry King
either when he came down for it. I watched his interview with Tucker,
though. He asked her real difficult questions like, 'What would you say
to Governor Bush?'" "What was her answer?" I wonder. "'Please,'" Bush
whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation, "'don't kill me.'" I
must look shocked — ridiculing the pleas of a condemned prisoner who
has since been executed seems odd and cruel — because he immediately
stops smirking.
Bush denied that he had intended to make light of the issue.

But that was then, and this is now, and besides, this is his buddy Scooter.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. oh God, Karla Faye Tucker. I remember thinking at the time "there is no way this asshole will ever be President" was I ever wrong…


  2. Great post, Lauowolf. Thank you.


  3. Dubya doesn't even try to hide his double-standards anymore. He so obviously doesn't give a shit what the people think of him.


  4. I still can't believe the election spin they did with Gore –Yeah, Gore's decent enough, but — hey — Bush is the kinda guy you'd go have a couple of beers with.In What Universe?(There was a great Onion article: Man Finds Beers with Bush Disappointing.)


  5. Bush doesn't have any standards, even double ones. Good thing he wasn't elected president. I heart Al Gore somethin' terrible.


  6. Great post. Thanks for digging up that Tucker Carlson interview. It's amazing he was elected. But when to look at last week's Newsweek and see that 41% of Americans polled thought Saddam Hussein was directly involved the 9/11 attacks and 20% think we actually found WMDs in Iraq, it's easier to believe.


  7. What can you say in the face of blatant callousness? No amount of
    criticism, public or otherwise, can make a man like that change his
    heart, none, because he's out of touch with what it means to have a
    heart. It's a cryin' shame, sad sad sad…


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