Hard guy Giuliani goes soft on Libby

And other reasons to stay mad about Bush's outrageous cave-in

Published July 3, 2007 12:37PM (EDT)

I got e-mail from people I respect suggesting I was a little soft on Bush's Libby cave-in, mainly because I expected it. I just can't get that angry when things work out the way I expect them to. I just assume guys like Libby are going to be saved by their wealthy, powerful friends. And so did Scooter.

Still, this from Bloomberg, via Think Progress, rankled: "Bush has granted fewer pardons -- 113 -- than any president in the past 100 years, while denying more than 1,000 requests, said Margaret Colgate Love, the Justice Department's pardon attorney from 1990 to 1997. In addition, Bush has denied more than 4,000 commutation requests, and hundreds of requests for pardons and commutations are still pending, Love said."

And this from America's Prosecutor, Rudy Giuliani, ought to rankle everyone. "After evaluating the facts, the president came to a reasonable decision and I believe the decision was correct." Way to stand with a beleaguered U.S. attorney, Rudy! What a wuss.

By Joan Walsh

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