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Honor Among Thieves

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CREDIT:

Bush commutes Scooter Libby’s sentence. I didn’t think he would do it, but it’s really the only honorable course of action available to him. It would be silly for Bush to pretend to believe that people deserve to be punished for breaking the law to help cover up his administration’s crimes when he clearly believes no such thing. Now it’s out there in the open.

This is, however, an opportunity to raise a point from Sandy Levinson’s book — is the pardon power really a good idea? It seems to be an open invitation to abuse.