Archive for the ‘Bush 2nd Term’ Category

Absolutely No Shame Whatsoever (UPDATED)

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

From an email just sent out by Chuck Schumer.

Dear Friend,

I’m outraged. President Bush commuted Scooter Libby’s prison sentence wiping away two and half years of jail time with the stroke of a pen. President Bush ignored Libby’s felony conviction for lying to investigators, ignored the jury’s guilty verdict, and ignored the rule of law that governs our nation.

We expect more from our President. We expect honor and integrity, we expect moral leadership. We expect our President and his staff to be held to a higher standard.

Tell President Bush that you are appalled by his actions. Sign our petition today letting President Bush know that this outrageous conduct won’t be tolerated by the American people.

Sincerely,

Chuck Schumer

Of course, Schumer only expects honor, integrity, moral leadership and higher standards from a president as long as that president is not named Bill Clinton….

Both sides are hypocritical on a myriad of issues, but this letter just embodies the Democratic hypocrisy when it comes to their “outrage” at President Bush….

UPDATED (2:46pm): Just got one from Joe Biden with this:

George Bush’s disregard for the rule of law is truly unbecoming a President.

Joe Biden, if you recall, voted against the impeachment of Bill Clinton when he lied under oath. It seems that the only thing unbecoming to Joe Biden is George Bush is not a Democrat….

Bush Commutes Libby Jail Sentence (UPDATED WITH POLL)

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Just breaking from Fox News.

President Bush commuted the sentence of former aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby Monday, sparing him from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case.

Bush left intact a $250,000 fine and two years probation for Libby, according to a senior White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced.

Interesting that he keeps the fine in place. Also, from what I have seen on TV, Bush still criticizes Libby for lying under oath and only commutes the jail sentence by claiming he feels it is too excessive.

UPDATE (8:30pm): That didn’t take long. Survey USA is already out with a post-commutation poll with reaction.

President Bush has commuted the portion of Scooter Libby’s sentence that would have required Libby to serve 30 months in prison. Libby remains a convicted felon – he still must pay a 250 thousand dollar fine and serve 2 years of probation – but he will not go to prison. Based on what you now know, should the President have pardoned Scooter Libby completely? Should the president have taken no action, and left the prison sentence in place? … Or, do you agree with the president’s decision to commute the prison portion of the Libby sentence?

Left Prison Sentence In Place 60%
Agree With President’s Decision 21%
Pardon Libby Completely 17%
Not Sure 2%

On a side note, John Kerry won all three debates….

Gates Confirmed As SecDef

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Not really surprising, since his confirmation was widely expected, but is interesting to note that the two Senators voting against Gates’ confirmation were Jim Bunning of Kentucky and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. I’d be curious to read more as to why Santorum and Bunning voted NO….

UPDATE (7:44pm): Here is the reason Santorum voted against Gates, according to The Hill.

Santorum, who lost his reelection bid to Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), said in a floor speech that he found fault with Gates’s support for diplomatic engagement with Iran as part of a regional solution to the crisis in Iraq.

UPDATE AGAIN (8:22pm): The official roll call vote is up and out of the three people who chose not to vote, two are Democrats likely running for President – Evan Bayh and Joe Biden. They may have legitimate reasons for not voting, but one wonders if one of those reasons is so that if Gates does something Democrats don’t like, they can tell Democratic voters they didn’t vote for Gates while their opponents did….

An Instant Classic Bushism

Friday, June 30th, 2006

I am a supporter of George W. Bush, but even I had to laugh at this quote that he uttered during today’s press briefing with the Japanese Prime Minister. In fact, I might have missed it if the White House didn’t add the “[sic]” tag to show that Bush obviously made the mistake.

I’ve reminded the Prime Minister — the American people, Mr. Prime Minister, over the past months that it was not always a given that the United States and America would have a close relationship.

Obviously he meant to say Japan, but you can be sure the audio/video version of this is going to make the highlight reels of political blunders and late night comedy shows….

$2 Million For Libby Defense Fund

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

From AP.

upporters of Vice President Dick Cheney’s indicted former chief of staff have raised more than $2 million since late last year for his legal defense in the CIA leak case.

Former Cheney spokeswoman Mary Matalin was hosting a fundraiser at her home Tuesday night to help pay the legal expenses of I. Lewis Libby, who is charged with five counts of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI in the Valerie Plame affair.

I tend to agree with the rumors that are floating around that Libby will eventually get a pardon from President Bush, so all this money may be for naught. I just don’t think it will happen before the November elections as the political ramifications would be enormous. Once the elections are done, there really would not be any political implications if Bush pardons Libby since, let’s face it, the 2008 Presidential election basically starts on November 8th. Whatever Bush does following the elections will be forgotten, if it is even heard to begin with, once the first candidate announces his/her intention to run for President.

Rove Will Not Be Indicted

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

What I am sure this will be the big political news of the day and is a major blow to the “mainstream” media and the Democratic Party. From NBC News.

Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has informed Karl Rove’s lawyer that he will not be prosecuted in the CIA leak case, NBC News reports.

Attorney Robert Luskin said that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald informed him of the decision on Monday, ending months of speculation about the fate of one of President Bush’s closest advisers.

This is just not going to be Joe Wilson’s day. his dream of seeing Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House just went down in flames….

I may even have to click over to Daily Kos this morning and check out the reaction….

Has Rove Already Been Indicted?

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

I hate to post this since it is only being reported by a single news source and I really do not know the reliability of this news source; but the left is buzzing about this and you can be sure if it is true, it will dominate the news for weeks. According to some website called Truthout, reporter Jason Leopold claims Karl Rove has already been indicted by Patrick Fitzgerald and it will be made public next week.

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald spent more than half a day Friday at the offices of Patton Boggs, the law firm representing Karl Rove.

During the course of that meeting, Fitzgerald served attorneys for former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove with an indictment charging the embattled White House official with perjury and lying to investigators related to his role in the CIA leak case, and instructed one of the attorneys to tell Rove that he has 24 hours to get his affairs in order, high level sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said Saturday morning.

Robert Luskin, Rove’s attorney, did not return a call for comment. Sources said Fitzgerald was in Washington, DC, Friday and met with Luskin for about 15 hours to go over the charges against Rove, which include perjury and lying to investigators about how and when Rove discovered that Valerie Plame Wilson was a covert CIA operative and whether he shared that information with reporters, sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said.
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An announcement by Fitzgerald is expected to come this week, sources close to the case said. However, the day and time is unknown. Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the special prosecutor was unavailable for comment. In the past, Samborn said he could not comment on the case.

Yesterday, this same reporter had this to report.

Within the last week, Karl Rove told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration officials, that he will be indicted in the CIA leak case and will immediately resign his White House job when the special counsel publicly announces the charges against him, according to sources.

Details of Rove’s discussions with the president and Bolten have spread through the corridors of the White House where low-level staffers and senior officials were trying to determine how the indictment would impact an administration that has been mired in a number of high-profile political scandals for nearly a year, said a half-dozen White House aides and two senior officials who work at the Republican National Committee.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, sources confirmed Rove’s indictment is imminent. These individuals requested anonymity saying they were not authorized to speak publicly about Rove’s situation.

This would seem to be explosive scoop, except that it seems awfully strange that a story this huge is completely unknown to the rest of the “mainstream” media and only this reporter writing for some website I have never heard of before has all these sources within the White House telling him about Rove. This reporter may have the scoop of the year or he will look utterly foolish. Maybe someone out there can tell us the reliability of this reporter.

Tony Snow To Take WH Spokesman Job

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Why anyone would ever want to be a human pinata is beyond me, but CNN is claiming Tony Snow will replace Scott McClellan as White House Spokesman.

Sources close to the White House said Monday that Fox anchor Tony Snow is likely to accept the job as White House press secretary, succeeding Scott McClellan.

The sources said they expect him to announce his decision within the next few days.

I used to . Ari Fleischer was a master of the podium whereas Scott McClellan was tortuous. Now I realize there is more to be the press secretary than just standing up at a podium answering questions, but that is the aspect of the job most of the public sees. In that respect, McClellan was almost painful to watch. Now it is true that Fleischer was on board during the good Bush years whereas McClellan got stuck with Bush during his downtime, but even from day one, you could tell Fleischer was much better suited for the job..

If Snow is indeed to new Spokesman, I can’t wait to see the first confrontation between Snow and liberal reporters like David Gregory and Terry Moran. Those first back-and-forths should be telling on how Snow is going to handle the job for the next two and a half years….

Presidential Press Conference At 10am

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Just breaking….

The Big White House Shake Up

Monday, March 20th, 2006

I just heard about this on Brit Hume’s show about what Fred Barnes wrote in today’s Wall Street Journal. Basically he takes what has been floating around in the rumor mill lately, a shake up in the White House and puts pen to paper to come up with a plan. Here is just a partial list of what Barnes thinks should occur to shake up the White House.

Vice President:
OUT: Dick Cheney
IN: Condoleeza Rice

Secretary of State:
OUT Condoleeza Rice
IN: Joementum!

Secretary of Defense:
OUT Donald Rumsfeld
IN: Dick Cheney

Secretary of Treasury:
OUT: John Snow
IN: Glenn Hubbard

Press Secretary:
OUT: Scott McClellan
IN: Dan Senor

RNC Chairman:
OUT: Ken Mehlman
IN: Karl Rove

It goes on and on and is a pretty interesting read. Is there a chance of it ever happening, probably not. But it is always interesting to think about it. And as was mentioned on the show, could you imagine a Senate hearing for Dick Cheney to become the next Secretary of Defense? For pure political theater, that would be entertaining….