July 02, 2007

Nothing to lose

" Everybody gets pinched. But you did it right. You told 'em nothing and they got nothing...I'm proud of you. You took your first pinch like a man and you learned the two greatest things in life...Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut."

- Jimmy Conway, Goodfellas
Not surprising that this afternoon after ensuring a federal appeals panel wouldn't do it for him, Bush pardoned Libby. And why not?

With an approval rating that last week hit a new low of 26%, what does he have to lose? The only people who still approve of GWB are his most fiercely loyal supporters, so he may as well get value as he can from his slim remaining base. It's not like he gets any credit from the 74% by not pardoning Libby, and it's important that he send a message to the other folks in his administration who are laboring to keep his secrets that he can be counted on to cover your butt as long as you don't snitch.
The Congressional Research Service, had identified 700 provisions in law questioned by the administration
With over 700 intended exceptions to his credit, Bush has always assumed he was above the law. Who's shocked that immunity is a privilege he extends to those who serve him well?

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