The White House press corpse is dutifully passing on without comment the Bush Junta’s pronouncement that Bush allegedly hasn’t ruled out a pardon for Scooter Libby.
Of course, we know why Tony Snow Job and Company are reciting this nonsense: They want to pretend that Bush, in defying righty demands for a full pardon (which he will), is somehow being a brave steely-eyed rocket man who dares to flout his base.
The reality is, of course, that a pardon – a full no-qualifications pardon – is the last thing that Scooter Libby will get. Why? Because, as Marcy and Christy have pointed out, a full pardon strips away Scooter’s ability to hide behind the Fifth Amendment when asked to testify under oath about Bush’s and Cheney’s involvement in outing Valerie Plame.
Unless Bush and the gang invent some new variation of the full pardon that doesn’t keep Scoots from pleading the Fifth (which is highly unlikely), a full pardon is the LAST thing that they will do in Scooter’s case. The LAST thing.
So, all you righties banging the “Pardon Scooter” drum: Give it a rest. It ain’t gonna happen. It was never about being nice to Scooter, but about being nice to his bosses.