On The Outside


Andrew on Scooter, Bush, and Marty Peretz:

Marty is a great friend. I have no doubt he is sincere in defending Libby. I have no reason to doubt that Libby is a very nice man, for a perjurer and a smear artist for the powerful. But the law must always count for more than mere friendship. Libby broke the law and undermined the judicial system; and Bush’s commutation of the sentence is a clear declaration that the rule of law ends at the administration’s edge. Thousands of other perjured felons could get a commutation, but they’re not friends with George W. Bush and Marty Peretz. And so they have no chance. The bottom line for Americans is this: George Bush’s friends do not go to jail. Your friends do.

Well said. Bizarrely, The Washington Times seems to get this even if none of the rest of the conservative establishment does.