“Will Bush pardon Libby?” Weekly Standard editor William Kristol asks. “Apparently not — even if it means a man who worked closely with him and sought tirelessly to do what was right for the country goes to prison. … So much for loyalty, or decency, or courage. For President Bush, loyalty is apparently a one-way street; decency is something he’s for as long as he doesn’t have to take any risks in its behalf; and courage–well, that’s nowhere to be seen. Many of us used to respect President Bush. Can one respect him still?”
UPDATE: The Washington Post: “In the White House, Pardon Is A Topic Too Sensitive to Mention.”
The prospect of a pardon has become so sensitive inside the West Wing that top aides have been kept out of the loop, and even Bush friends have been told not to bring it up with the president. In any debate, officials expect Vice President Cheney to favor a pardon, while other aides worry about the political consequences of stepping into a case that stems from the origins of the Iraq war and renewing questions about the truthfulness of the Bush administration.