Alright, here goes... The 29% of people who still have a favorable view of the president just lost one of their own. Loyalty must now take a back seat to common sense.
My slow defection began with Katrina, intensified with a failure of proper planning in Iraq, and ended with Libby. A federal judge, appointed by the President, exercised a judicial philosophy of staying firmly within sentencing guidelines, which has been what the administration has long held up as the standard, only to be told by the President that he went too far.
If you are going to be political, go all out Big Willy style (Mark Rich) and be political. Pardon the son-of-a-bitch and live with the consequences, don't pretend to believe something you don't believe, which is that the sentencing went too far.
I've yet to determine who to throw my vote to the next time around. Any hope of a defection to the Democrats was quickly thwarted once I heard them all use the term "Rule of Law" to denounce Bush's decision to commute Libby's sentence. It's further proof that no one truly understands what "Rule of Law" means, for this is the same phrase thrown around by the G.O.P. eight years ago during the Lewinsky scandal, when the Dems were crying "it's all about sex."
The Rule of Law means that regardless of how egregious or innocuous the offense is, whether it led to the revelation of a semen-stained blue dress or a war, we hold people accountable to the law.