Monday, July 09, 2007

Long Time Coming...

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.

Disillusioned...

5 comments:

greenISgood said...

Twenty-six percent - 1, actually.

Craig said...

Yes, I saw the new poll right after I posted this.

Aaron said...

Two points:

1. Congress has a lower approval rating than the President. The Democrats winning last November was probably the best thing that could have happened for the Republicans. It gives the Democrats two years to tick off the public before the big '08 election.

2. I'm throwing my support behind Fred Thompson for President. Actually, Thompson has said that he would've pardoned Libby had he been in that situation. From my understanding, Libby was originally suspected of outing a CIA agent, but then it turns out that he didn't, but then in some kind of political witch hunt he was charged with a crime anyway, and then he was given a sentence for this manufactured charge that went well beyond reason.

Katy said...

Man, I totally agree with you and yet I think it wouldn't be exactly fair for Libby to have to serve time. And I hate it that I think that way, but I do. I feel like the Democrats were out for Republican blood, ANY Republican would do, and Libby lied under oath and has to take the heat for the whole load of 'em. Armitage is the one who actually outted Plame and he should be punished. Problem is, there's already been a scapegoat so the whole thing is over. But you are so right that Bush was way off in his commuting thing. Bah. He appointed that friggen' judge and thinks he knows better than the guy who enforced the law in this case. Hmph.

Ann said...

bout damn time. :)