Monday, July 02, 2007

Too Bad People In New Orleans Didn't Have Scooter Libby's Connections

Lew Scannon has it right (from comments):

He certainly acted faster on this than he did when he knew New Orleans was in trouble.

He sure did.

Here's more from Andrew Sullivan:

This has to be hung around every Republican's neck. They are now the party of corruption, irresponsibility in national security, and perjury. The Republican party impeached the last president for perjury over sexual harassment. But they commute the sentence of a man who perjured himself in part because he leaked a national security secret. That tells you everything. They care more about their privileged friends than the rule of law. We now know that for sure.

Make sure you call the White House tomorrow and let them know how you feel.

UPDATE: Let me remind you how Bush made fun of Karla Faye Tucker's request for a pardon back in 1998:

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 revels in the pain and execution of Karla FayeTucker, a woman who had repented of her crime, undergone a conversion to Christianity and wanted to make amends for her sins, but Scooter Libby he feels sorry for because his 30 month sentence was "too harsh."

Boo fucking hoo.

"Boo fucking hoo." right on. But it was bound to happen.
It was, cartledge. The only surprise was that it came about four and a half hours after three appeal court judges (two Repubs/1 Dem) said Scooter had to go to jail pending appeal. I figured they'd wait awhile before pulling the trigger on the pardon.
Say what you will about Bill Clinton (go ahead, I don't care), but at least was able to show interest in the well being of the lower classes.

Thanks for the shout out!
That's a good point, Lew, and that's why I think while you are right to say (as you did in another comment) that many Dems are as corrupted by the Coporatists as Repubs, there is a core difference between the two parties.

Here's one example: under a Repub Congress, the student loan industry was able to lock in 6.8% interest rates for college students and 8.5% for parents of college students back when the Fed rate was 2.5%-3%. In addition, the repub Congress passed a law saying students and/or their parents could not consolidate those loans below the 6.8% and 8.5% rates no matter how low interest rates fall in the future. Lastly, they maintained government subsidies to loan companies and turned a blind eye to corruption and quid pro quo activity in the loan business.

When dems came in, they started the process to lower student loan interest rates, take the subsidies away from the loan companies (like Sallie mae and Nelnet are not making enough money on their own that they have to be subsidized by taxpayers), and clean up the corruption in the industry.

As a teacher of high school seniors, I can tell you that there is a big difference coming for future seniors if Bush ever signs the Dem bills into law.
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