Support for Libby Pardon Reveals New Depths of Rightwing Decay

In its surprisingly full-throated defense of Pres. Bush’s pardon of Scooter Libby, the rightwing has made clear what we on the left have long suspected: The conservative movement is rotting from the core.

Yesterday, Joe Wilson, Valerie Wilson’s husband, said about the Bush administration, “It‘s corrupt from top to bottom, and I think most Americans should understand that beyond a reasonable doubt now.” He could have been describing the entire conservative machine.

During the Clinton wars, when this same crowd was not draining the Treasury to launch one bogus investigation after another, all of which came up big juicy nothing-burgers, they were slobbering over the porn in the Starr report moaning, “What will we tell the children?”

They hated the Clintons as avatars of 1960s’ excess but then stole the 2000 election to install George W. Bush, who really did spend the anything-goes decade driving around drunk, doing coke and smoking pot. Under Bush, not surprisingly, the anything-goes political decadence that took root in the conservative ranks in the 1990s has come into full flower.

It was on vivid display this morning on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” in the nakedly bankrupt reasoning conservative callers used to justify the Libby pardon. The Dittohead spin was identical in call after call. Here’s my take:

Both Scooter Libby and Pres. Clinton were charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. However, Clinton did not go to jail, so Libby should not go to jail either. The fact that Pres. Clinton was acquitted whereas Libby was convicted his crimes, they insist, is completely irrelevant.

Here’s Digby:

That whole impeachment trial acquittal thing in the Senate and that whole guilty beyond a reasonable doubt thing in Walton’s courtroom are irrelevant because [rightwingers believe] Clinton committed perjury over a couple of furtive blow-jobs in a hallway which means Scooter Libby and his pals should be able to lie to federal prosecutors. If not, well then, life would just. not. be. fair


[Even] though Libby was convicted in a court of law, he can’t serve even a day in jail, because Clinton was … acquitted.

From the outset, the Noise Machine has been in overdrive trying to minimize the importance of the CIA leak. In reality, the underlying issue was national security, in general, and the security of weapons of mass destruction, specifically. We’ll never know what assets were lost after Vice Pres. Dick Cheney directed his flying monkeys to reveal the identity of Valerie Wilson, who was a covert CIA specialist in weapons of mass destruction.

Because of Wilson’s outing by Richard Armitage, Karl Rove, Ari Fleischer, Scooter Libby and others, the lives and safety of her overseas contacts were put at risk, and, for all we know, terrorists may have acquired WMD she was tracking.

Libby was found guilty by a jury of his peers on charges that he committed perjury in both grand jury testimony and FBI interviews, and that he obstructed an investigation into an alleged conspiracy by the White House to out Wilson in order to punish her husband, Joe, a former ambassador for Bush I, who dared to reveal that the current Bush lied about a pretext for the war in Iraq his 2003 State of the Union address.

By comparison, the underlying issue in the Clinton case was an extramarital affair. The president was impeached by the House on charges he committed perjury during a deposition in a civil sexual harassment case and that he obstructed justice in Ken Starr’s investigation into his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Pres. Clinton, of course, was acquitted by the Senate, but went on to face fines and temporary disbarment.

To suggest that Libby should spend zero days in jail, even though he was convicted by a jury, because Pres. Clinton faced similar charges and was acquitted is so inane it would be laughable if the underlying issues weren’t so serious.

Similarly, as I mentioned earlier, it is insanely hypocritical that Libby is receiving support, financial and otherwise, from the same current and former U.S. senators who entered “guilty” votes against Pres. Clinton in the impeachment trial — including Fred Thompson, Kit Bond and others.

These guys voted to decapitate the United States government over a sex lie and now they’re out raising money for a man whose lies to protect Cheney may have helped terrorists acquire weapons.

These people have really lost their way. It is not just the fact that conservatives truly believe that the rule of law should only apply to Democrats, it’s that they lack common sense when it comes to evaluating the seriousness among various moral issues, especially when sex is involved.

Yesterday, Joe Wilson said about the Bush administration, “It‘s corrupt from top to bottom, and I think most Americans should understand that beyond a reasonable doubt now.”

He could have been describing the entire conservative machine.


  • July 3, 2007 - 2:04 pm | Permalink

    In fact, the law should be OVER-applied to Democrats. Democrats should be hounded for crimes that Republicans WANT them to have committed.

    And Republicans are, of course, above the law.

    Carolyn Kay

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  • LassinLV
    July 3, 2007 - 7:53 pm | Permalink

    There is an additional irony that the right is rabid over the Mark Rich pardon, but wasn’t Libby was Rich’s lawyer pursuing the pardon?

  • Greg Bacon
    July 4, 2007 - 6:56 am | Permalink

    Now people, you’re getting all worked up for no reason.

    You labor under the delusion that this is a democratic republic. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Apathy, ignorance and just plain stupidity helped drive the nails into our nation’s coffin and the Supreme Court nailed it shut by appointing Bush as King George back in 2000.

    So, chill out. Relax and enjoy this pseudo-holiday.

    Listen to some Turdy Keith, swill some Pudwizer and leer at your wife’s cute looking cousin… man, she got some legs.

    When King George and President Cheney need your advice, they’ll peel your lips off their crotch for a comment.

  • jombi
    July 10, 2007 - 11:44 am | Permalink

    these monster’s have alot to hide.they are just scared libby,will talk while locked up,and they want the public to be as unaware as possible,not like thet aren’t already,the general public are a bunch of dumb fuck’s anyway

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