Friday, June 15, 2007

Rachel Maddow Rocks

For the last couple of days, Howling Latina has read every newspaper item and every blog post, listened to every network and cable clip, and devoured every morsel of news about the "will Bush pardon Libby" story thread.

And every assumption, explanation, excuse, judgment, argument, rationalization and predicate only left her hungering for more answers, more theories, anything that would account for Bush not immediately pardoning I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby after U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton refused to delay his sentence.

Now, we are talking about a president who on a daily basis ignores the will of the people and has nothing but disdain for Congress. Only yesterday on his way to signing a bill that prohibits the administration from appointing interim U.S. attorneys without confirmation by Congress, he sneaked a last minute toady to the post, you know, just for ol' times sake.

And on the face of perjury by his beloved attorney general and a growing number of Republicans aghast at his inexplicable loyalty, Bush continues to remain resolute in his confidence in Gonzo.

So...does anyone really think that Bush gives a damn about the possible outrage that might follow a Libby pardon?!? Hardly. Unless you expand the context as Miss Maddow so brilliantly did on "Countdown."

Yes, for the very first time, it all makes sense.

Maddow posits that Bush is in a tight pickle with no juices in the jar. If President Bush issues a pardon, the House or Senate might think it's a good idea to ask Dead-Eye Cheney a few questions about the private conversations he had with his faithful servant who is now a convicted felon.

Fitzgerald brilliantly laid the case that Libby lied to protect Cheney; and by pardoning Libby so that he never has to face the legal consequences of obstructing justice, Congress would certainly be within their purview and authority to investigate if a quid pro quo took place.

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