Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Another one of the "28 percenters" bites the dust.
Dreher, Conservative 'DMN' Columnist, Hits Libby Move -- and Hypocrisy

By E&P Staff

Published: July 04, 2007 11:45 PM ET

NEW YORK Many conservative pundits applauded President Bush's commutation of "Scooter" Libby's 30-month prison sentence. Some of them declared it didn't go far enough -- and the man deserved a full pardon. But Ron Dreher, the well-known conservative columnist for the Dallas Morning News, disagrees.


Here is an excerpt.

From "A Charge to Keep," Bush's 1999 campaign biography, on commuting the sentences or pardoning:

"I don't believe my role is to replace the verdict of a jury with my own unless there are new facts or evidence of which a jury was unaware, or evidence that the trial was somehow unfair."

President Bush, yesterday:

"I respect the jury’s verdict. But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison."

OK, so it's not technically replacing a jury's verdict, but that's a distinction without much of a difference here. Does Bush think the trial was "somehow unfair"? Or is he simply a hypocrite?

Ding Ding Ding!!! Thanks for playing Mr Dreher.


At 12:19 AM, Blogger Paddy said...

I feel a 23% approval coming on.


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