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Schumer's Political Libby Pitch

Well, that didn't take long.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, chaired by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), has turned the commutation of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's prison sentence into a political pitch to its supporters. The pitch landed in Capitol Briefing's personal e-mail inbox at 1:28 p.m. EDT, less than 20 hours after President Bush announced his decision to stay the prison sentence Libby was set to begin serving. (view the full e-mail below)

"I'm outraged," Schumer writes, kicking off his short missive trying to start an online petition stating one's similar outrage at the action. Well before he ever chaired the DSCC, Schumer was the first senator to call for the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into the allegations that White House officials leaked the identity of former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson as payback to her husband Joseph Wilson's public opposition to the Iraq war.

Calling the commutation an abdication of "moral leadership", Schumer doesn't specifically ask for political donations to help but a link in the e-mail sends readers to a page showing that the "petition" consists of just two sentences to Bush: "I'm appalled by your actions. No man is above the law."

No doubt, anyone who signs the petition whose e-mail address isn't already in the DSCC system, will soon be getting their own money pitch from the committee.


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Dear _____,

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

P.S. It's at times like these that I realize just how important a strong Democratic Senate is to our nation. Democrats are fighting the Republican's abuse of power but we can't do it without your help. 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.

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By Paul Kane  |  July 3, 2007; 1:58 PM ET
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Comments

I am frankly tired of Republican scandal being nothing more than Democratic fundraisers. I may not like Bush much (not at all) but one thing I will give him, he knows how to use every single drop of power that he has. Enough with the talk. I want to seem some action when it comes to ending this war and neutralizing the drunk driver in the White House before I give another dime over to another Democrat. They didn't have to finance the surge and there is no good reason not to begin impeachment proceedings. There is a lot more harm this president can cause in any given day.

Posted by: Sarah B. | July 3, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I always find it to be disingenuous when the media derides politicians for using current events in order to raise money. Mr. Kane, what the hell do you think those obnoxious ads next to your face are for? The Washington Post is also profiting from these events, should we look askance at you, too?

Posted by: Patrick Huss | July 3, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I guess Senator Schumer was just as outraged when Bill Clinton was not jailed for his lying to the American public and a judge and Sandy Burger was given a suspended sentence for his crimes. Both of their crimes were more severe then Libby's especially since the prosecutor knew that Armitage had been the leaker before he questioned Libby.

Posted by: Ray | July 3, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I guess Senator Schumer was just as outraged when Bill Clinton was not jailed for his lying to the American public and a judge and Sandy Burger was given a suspended sentence for his crimes. Both of their crimes were more severe then Libby's especially since the prosecutor knew that Armitage had been the leaker before he questioned Libby.

Posted by: Ray | July 3, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Ray....lobotomized by fox...such a sad way for a person to go through life...

Posted by: Patrick Huss | July 3, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

If Bush pardons Scooter, and if he accepts it. I hope the media realizes that when Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon. Ford stated that in accordance with Burdick v. United States, accepting a pardon involves admitting guilt.

Posted by: Irish_Ed | July 3, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe President Bush, pardoned Gordon Libby. Unreal.

Looks like he is trying to save the Vice President's butt too.

I am 70 years old, and I am beginning to wonder which administration is the worst in my time. Nixon or Bush, I will spend some time thinking about that one.

Remember, folks we have to put up with this crooked business untill January 2009.
GOD HELP US.

Posted by: Joanne Krall | July 3, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Nothing can shock me any more when it comes to the current Administration. W has his arrogant strut and nonchalance. Cheney has an unkown branch of government to which he belongs. And Gonzales is simply clueless or a liar and I am not sure which is more dangerous.
January 20, 2009 can not come quickly enough for me. I hope the Constitution survives intact until that time.

Posted by: Louis of New Orleans | July 3, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

When Schumer makes a comment, he is just looking for another camera to look into. Ignore him, no matter what your party affiliation.

Let's get over the commutation too. The constitution gives the president the right to do this so get mad or be happy, then let's move on.

Posted by: IN NVA | July 3, 2007 7:13 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing that there are so many news medias allowing people to comment on subjects and happenings that they know absolutely nothing about. Most if the commenters I would venture don't even know what is happening in their home town, let alone the country or the world. Do you really believe these comments are of any value to your reader ship

Comments based on no facts and no understanding are almost as bad as the media that publishes articles and stories before they are verified to be correct and true. Wonder why the media is loosing credibility. I don't

Posted by: Ron Bowe | July 3, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love the faux outrage from the faux party. Hello dumbasses, this is Schumer's JOB as head of the DSCC.

Why this is newsworthy -- when we have a PRESIDENT with NO REGARD for the law nor the American system of justice -- is the REAL question. Kane, you are just another GOP hack.

But I don't want to end this comment on a negative note... Here's to 8+ years of prosperity under a Democratic President: 2009-?

Posted by: F&B | July 3, 2007 10:12 PM | Report abuse

People have tuned out Bush on Iraq and Congress is shoving his Immigration Bill back at him, so this is a desparate attempt at staying relevant during his final (thankfully) months.

Posted by: Jawja | July 3, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

For a good laugh, check out the Supreme Court's opinion in US v. Rita, decided a couple of weeks ago. Same charges, similar facts, same result, Justice Department argues vociferously for the sentence being upheld and the Supremes agreed.

Posted by: Tom | July 3, 2007 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Sorry; it's Rita v. US, decided June 21, 2007, case No. 06-5754. In the light of this decision, Bush's statement to grant clemency to Libby is hilarious!

Posted by: Tom | July 3, 2007 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Because Bush only took away the prison time and left Libby with a suspended sentence, Libby still has plenty of motivation to keep his mouth shut/take the 5th if asked further about the case. This keeps the White House and specifically Cheney out of danger.

Bush isn't smart enough to come up with this on his own - I'm sure Cheney told him what to do, as usual.

Posted by: Bokonon | July 4, 2007 12:12 AM | Report abuse

The anti-Republican flood will be huge. They will spend 40 years in the political wilderness for worshiping false idols. The Bush Crime Family is utterly predictable. Libby will keep his mouth shut. That's the deal. Bush is part of the conspiracy to obstruct justice and he will pay for his crimes. Keep investigating under oath. The deluge will follow.

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 4, 2007 1:21 AM | Report abuse

shame on you Paul Kane. To stoop so low as to compare Bush's actions to excuse a crime with a petition to criticize those actions because, most likely, signing the petition will lead to the signee getting requests for funding!?!? WTF! (your logic is so convoluted that it's hard to even summerize!)

Only in a twisted, warped, i don't have to deal with reality world (which sadly, criminally, is our political and media world) would an article so ridiculous, so blatantly unbalanced see print. Criticizing the Democrats for potentially trying to raise money to stop Bush's continuing crime spree?!?

Kane you (and so many of your kind) are a blight on journalism and, consequently, a blight on the world.

Posted by: roger | July 4, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break!
Where was Schumer when Clinton lied to the grand jury?
Why does anyone pay attention to this guy?
Why doesn't someone just give him his own camera and a mirrow? I think he - and the rest of us - would be happy.
The whole thing is a charade to raise money for the Dems.

Posted by: frank | July 5, 2007 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who was surprised by this commutation has not followed the high crimes and treason used by our present criminal Administration. It is going to take several years to repair what was once the greatest nation in the world. I can only hope that the voters hold their elected officials responsible for letting so much of what this Bush Administration has done happen without the most extreme fight. I think our greatest hope would be to draft Al Gore to run for the Democratic Presidency and he can choose either a Clinton or Edwards, or Obama running mate, whomever would do him the most good. Then we can begin to reverse the slide our country has been on for the past six plus years, and try to regain our place as the beacon of Democracy in this very delicate world we share. I am so dissapointed that with a majority in the Congress and Senate our Democratic elected officials have not started impeachment proceedings against both Cheney and Bush!!! This is surely the most corupt and inept Administration in the history of our country and will go down in the history books as such. I hope our President lives long enough to see how hated and disgusted most Americans are with his entire term in office, and that his future will see the Bush family name ruined, sullied every day for the next century.
I also believe that a just reward for both Bush and Cheney, short of prison which they both surely deserve, would be manditory service as Ambasador and asst. Ambasador to Iraq. Forcing them to live in the cesspool that they created!
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Posted by: Michael Cohen | July 5, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who was surprised by this commutation has not followed the high crimes and treason used by our present criminal Administration. It is going to take several years to repair what was once the greatest nation in the world. I can only hope that the voters hold their elected officials responsible for letting so much of what this Bush Administration has done happen without the most extreme fight. I think our greatest hope would be to draft Al Gore to run for the Democratic Presidency and he can choose either a Clinton or Edwards, or Obama running mate, whomever would do him the most good. Then we can begin to reverse the slide our country has been on for the past six plus years, and try to regain our place as the beacon of Democracy in this very delicate world we share. I am so dissapointed that with a majority in the Congress and Senate our Democratic elected officials have not started impeachment proceedings against both Cheney and Bush!!! This is surely the most corupt and inept Administration in the history of our country and will go down in the history books as such. I hope our President lives long enough to see how hated and disgusted most Americans are with his entire term in office, and that his future will see the Bush family name ruined, sullied every day for the next century.
I also believe that a just reward for both Bush and Cheney, short of prison which they both surely deserve, would be manditory service as Ambasador and asst. Ambasador to Iraq. Forcing them to live in the cesspool that they created!
.

Posted by: Michael Cohen | July 5, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who was surprised by this commutation has not followed the high crimes and treason used by our present criminal Administration. It is going to take several years to repair what was once the greatest nation in the world. I can only hope that the voters hold their elected officials responsible for letting so much of what this Bush Administration has done happen without the most extreme fight. I think our greatest hope would be to draft Al Gore to run for the Democratic Presidency and he can choose either a Clinton or Edwards, or Obama running mate, whomever would do him the most good. Then we can begin to reverse the slide our country has been on for the past six plus years, and try to regain our place as the beacon of Democracy in this very delicate world we share. I am so dissapointed that with a majority in the Congress and Senate our Democratic elected officials have not started impeachment proceedings against both Cheney and Bush!!! This is surely the most corupt and inept Administration in the history of our country and will go down in the history books as such. I hope our President lives long enough to see how hated and disgusted most Americans are with his entire term in office, and that his future will see the Bush family name ruined, sullied every day for the next century.
I also believe that a just reward for both Bush and Cheney, short of prison which they both surely deserve, would be manditory service as Ambasador and asst. Ambasador to Iraq. Forcing them to live in the cesspool that they created!
.

Posted by: Michael Cohen | July 5, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Many of our American friends seem fixated on the lies of Bill Clinton when facing impeachment for sex scandal behaviour as opposed to the Bush lies. Perhaps it behooves the American people to put the George Bush/Bill Clinton comparison into a sensible focus and take note of the mantra chanted around the world, namely, "when Bush lied, people died."

Posted by: Helen Santek/Canada | July 5, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Many of our American friends seem fixated on the lies of Bill Clinton when facing impeachment for sex scandal behaviour as opposed to the Bush lies. Perhaps it behooves the American people to put the George Bush/Bill Clinton comparison into a sensible focus and take note of the mantra chanted around the world, namely, "when Bush lied, people died."

Posted by: Helen Santek/Canada | July 5, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Bush let us know right away that he would not apply the rule of law when he started using "Signing Statements" more than any executive in history to show his definition of what the law should mean. Then there's the Bush-Blair and the Downing Street Memos, where Britain leaked that W is "fixing the intelligence" to invade Iraq, and that they would invade even if no weapons were discovered. Plamegate - outing a CIA covert op to silence her husband's "true claims" that no WMD were in Iraq. Haliburton's no bid Iraq contract where fraud, waste and everything illegal or inept caused the Greenhouse controversy. What about diverting $9 Billion for Iraq Reconstruction or the $700,000 Million from Afghanistan to Iraq? Where is that money? I mean this is an old fashion money grab, right? Or what about the Abu Graib and the Bush administration's decision to reclassify what is torture.

Careful not to be labeled an enemy combatant and be sent to Abu Graib or Guantanamo or one of the black prisons that we are not supposed to know about. How about a President so full of fear, he decides to spy on every citizen of the US that uses the phone or computer? Welcome the NSA warrantless surveillance controversy. How about we trick the nation for why we invade Iraq, then get the soldiers to fight an illegal war that intelligence was made up by the Office of Special Plans, then once they get hurt and killed, we give them a third world medical facility to rehabilitate them in (Walter Reed). And not to mention that a certain corrupt lobbyist, was good friends with almost everyone in the Bush administration until he got caught. (Abramoff) I suspect he too may be next in line to get a pardon. And if Tom Delay can push his process and get sentenced quickly, he too can get one of those get out of jail free cards since he is also a loyal hardworking servant that spent his life serving himself (er, I mean others) But I'm sure if W got a blow job, we could find something to impeach him with, right?

Posted by: Bryant | July 5, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I know it's okay to now teach our young and prosecuted guilty that, maybe it is the fault of another. Maybe because Bill did it, "It" was okay for me to do it also. It's the same thing isn't. You know, the ol' Bill did it and no one said anything then. That's just childish and not acceptible teachings. Those who do not understand that, please visit another inmate next time you visit a relative or friend or even a loved one. We all know that is where that person usually ends up.

Posted by: Roger | July 5, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm a lifelong Democrat (voted first for Kennedy in '60), though I didn't vote for Clinton in '96 because of the welfare bill. I thought his lying should have resulted in his resignation, though not his impeachment.

Libby lied, and to have a person who is required to uphold the Constitution do that undermines the system of government they are pledged to execute.

But he lied to protect Cheney who, in a pique, wanted to squelch the news that there never was a Niger plot. And Americans were informed that the WMDs were imminent, dredging up days worse than 9/ll.

So it's political, and this time the politics is something like 3500 dead, 11,000 wounded, $520 billion wasted.

I believe that about the third day Libby was in jail, he would have started blabbing about Cheney's role, and the Liar in Chief couldn't have that.

Posted by: geforshey | July 5, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm a lifelong Democrat (voted first for Kennedy in '60), though I didn't vote for Clinton in '96 because of the welfare bill. I thought his lying should have resulted in his resignation, though not his impeachment.

Libby lied, and to have a person who is required to uphold the Constitution do that undermines the system of government they are pledged to execute.

But he lied to protect Cheney who, in a pique, wanted to squelch the news that there never was a Niger plot. And Americans were informed that the WMDs were imminent, dredging up days worse than 9/ll.

So it's political, and this time the politics is something like 3500 dead, 11,000 wounded, $520 billion wasted.

I believe that about the third day Libby was in jail, he would have started blabbing about Cheney's role, and the Liar in Chief couldn't have that.

Posted by: geforshey | July 5, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Why can't we fire these guys?

They're completely dishonest, totally incompetent, they screw up everything they touch, they're bankrupting the country and their lies have caused the deaths of thousands of Americans.

Why don't we just fire them?
Impeachment is too good.
They deserved to be fired for corruption, self-dealing, gross incompetence, and stinking up the WhiteHouse!!!!

Posted by: DudeWhere'sMyCountry? | July 5, 2007 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Why can't we fire these guys?

They're completely dishonest, totally incompetent, they screw up everything they touch, they're bankrupting the country and their lies have caused the deaths of thousands of Americans.

Why don't we just fire them?
Impeachment is too good.
They deserved to be fired for corruption, self-dealing, gross incompetence, and stinking up the WhiteHouse!!!!

Posted by: DudeWhere'sMyCountry? | July 5, 2007 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I am outraged at the do nothing Democrats. It is time to take a united stand and show some backbone against the corrupted policies of Bush. He has made a mockery of the law and our Constitution. No more donations until our party stop funding the illigal occupation in Iraq.

Posted by: George Daskaloff | July 5, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I am outraged at the do nothing Democrats. It is time to take a united stand and show some backbone against the corrupted policies of Bush. He has made a mockery of the law and our Constitution. No more donations until our party stop funding the illigal occupation in Iraq.

Posted by: George Daskaloff | July 5, 2007 07:33 PM

I'm afraid the Democrats have done nothing because they're beholden to big business just as are the Republicans and both parties want the oil contracts from Iraq. In part both parties may seriously believe that lying to the public to get into Iraq for the oil really is something the population will eventually affirm, since, as the ad on tv says "oil is the lifeblood of our economy" That's the only reasonable explanation for the Democrats' inability to do what, it would seem, decency requires should be done.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 5, 2007 9:08 PM | Report abuse

On July 5, 2007 George Daskalof wrote: "I am outraged at the do nothing Democrats. It is time to take a united stand and show some backbone against the corrupted policies of Bush. He has made a mockery of the law and our Constitution. No more donations until our party stop funding the illigal occupation in Iraq."

I'm afraid the Democrats have done nothing because they're beholden to big business just as are the Republicans. Both parties want the oil contracts from Iraq. It's entirely possible that both parties may seriously believe that lying to the public to get into Iraq for the oil really is something the population will eventually come to affirm, since, as the ad on tv says "oil is the lifeblood of our economy" That's the only reasonable explanation for the Democrats' inability to do what, it would seem, decency requires should be done.

Posted by: gracie mcgill | July 5, 2007 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Blackmail is the crime of theft by extortion. Perhaps the Post should investigate whether Mr Libby got his commutation (with the pardon to come) because at his trial he threatened to give evidence and to force Mr Cheney to give evidence.

Posted by: ewhitton | July 5, 2007 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Forget impeachment. Bush/Cheney need to be indicted and tried for treason, after pulling a false flag operation (911) so they could lie the country into a war, which profits only their corrupt oil cronies. Why won't Cheney divulge the transcript of his energy meeting? because he told his fellow oil men he was going to invade Iraq and "privatize" their oil, which so far the Iraqis are wise to and won't permit, no matter how many of them we kill and torture. Why did Bush pardon Libby? Because Mrs. Libby told them if her husband served one day in prison, she's tell them who really plotted to out Valerie Plame, plus their other crimes. The list goes on, but it doesn't look like Americans will do anything until the truth about 911 comes out at last. Why does anyone still believe that a bunch of Bedouins managed to disable Norad, the most sophisticated system in the history of the world? How did they plant all that tungsten, used in controlled demolitions, in the WTC debris? And how did they steal that ten billion in gold from the WTC vaults? Rudy helped cover it up in exchange for a presidential run, and he promises to keep us at war--and torture--forever, if elected. Come on, America. Let's DO something!

Posted by: shaman7214@sbcglobal.net | July 5, 2007 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Forget impeachment. Bush/Cheney need to be indicted and tried for treason, after pulling a false flag operation (911) so they could lie the country into a war, which profits only their corrupt oil cronies. Why won't Cheney divulge the transcript of his energy meeting? because he told his fellow oil men he was going to invade Iraq and "privatize" their oil, which so far the Iraqis are wise to and won't permit, no matter how many of them we kill and torture. Why did Bush pardon Libby? Because Mrs. Libby told them if her husband served one day in prison, she's tell them who really plotted to out Valerie Plame, plus their other crimes. The list goes on, but it doesn't look like Americans will do anything until the truth about 911 comes out at last. Why does anyone still believe that a bunch of Bedouins managed to disable Norad, the most sophisticated system in the history of the world? How did they plant all that tungsten, used in controlled demolitions, in the WTC debris? And how did they steal that ten billion in gold from the WTC vaults? Rudy helped cover it up in exchange for a presidential run, and he promises to keep us at war--and torture--forever, if elected. Come on, America. Let's DO something!

Posted by: shaman7214@sbcglobal.net | July 5, 2007 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Let us not blame Bush and Cheney for all the troubles the world is facing now. And, let us not blame ourselves either for for not voting intellegently in the last presidential election. Let us look forward to 2008 presidential election and promise ourselves not to commit the same mistake again ever.

Posted by: mila robbins | July 5, 2007 10:55 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are AFRAID to start impeachment proceedings against Bush and Cheney because of a backlash for removing the president and vice president during time of war. The solution is to prove who in the White House authorized the Niger yellow cake forgery which proves that we were tricked into going to war. We don't need Libby's testimony though he knows who authorized the forgery. But the Brits also know. Together the Downing Street Memo and the State of the Union Bush gave us the road map to follow on the forgery - look for the evidence in England. The senate judiciary committee needs to send an investigator to England. Once the forger is identified we will know who ordered the forgery. Both Bush and Cheney will be impeached and the war will be ended in quick sucession.

Posted by: afgail | July 6, 2007 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I am appauld that people are so concerned over Bush/Libby incident. If all the Senators and Congresspersons can brak the law by trying to circumvent the law to allow 12 million illegal immigrants into the US when I just looked at a swearing in in florida oif immigrant who did it the right way and followed the legal process that the US already has who is worse. We have murders, rapist, drug dealer, gang, mental ill, who can and is causing deaths and breakinig our enocomy. They need to stay focus on the bigger picture. That is Illegal Immigrants and Ira war. Senate and congress have pimped us and they are pretty much doing what they want to do and not the will of the people. Obamua state that it was no way that he was going to send 12 million immigrant back. That we didn't have the resources. I say let's concentrate on holding evryone accountable for the illegal immigrant and the Immigration Dept for not doing their job. Fire all the person in the Immigration Dept. Stop concentrating on one individual (libby at least he's legal.

Posted by: Born US Citizen | July 6, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Really, it's so simple - just follow the dots. #1: Joe Wilson "outs" the ptresident's war plans. #2: The White House "gang" outs Valerie Plame. Pure and simple, a case of tit for tat and I gotcha!
Now, #3, the pres vows retribution by telling the world he'll punish the lawbreaker who outed Valerie Plame. All the time he knows it's the veep and himself but he goes public with his pledge. (LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE!)Now, #4,Libby's commutation comes thereby, very effectively, shutting his mouth forever. Whoever said these bastards are stupid?

Posted by: Jerry Lebow | July 6, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Are you people for real? I mean, I can't believe the amount of incoherent babble half of you posted. If you think life sucks today, just wait a few more years. We'll all likely be listening to Billary Clinton make a mockery of the constitution as they attempt to transform the USA into some socialist voodoo Sodom and Gomorrah! People, you need a life! Get outside, smell the fresh air. Drive your SUV's while you can cause tomorrow is never a promise and if this country is run by a KUNT like Hillary Clinton, she'll ruin it for all future potential women seeking a dream!

As for Chucky Schumer saying anything worth a GOD DAMN, keep holding your breath, that dog don't hunt!

Posted by: BigMo | July 6, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

...and Armitage took it upon himself to release a covert operative's name. Right...

...and Clintons many pardons didn't include anyone he broke the law with. Amazing...

...and Libby's pardon was not part of the original plan when he released the name to reporters. Right...

...and the president and vp are not commuting Libby's sentence as payback for not being honest about either of them. Right...

...and Libby did not have a multi-million dollar defense fund to make the $250,000.00 less than a slap on the wrist.

...and Libby has suffered miserably for exposing a covert agent of the United States. Right...

...and commuting Libby is not quid pro quo. Right....

...and the president's actions are not a slap in the face of the American people. Right...

...and the administration respects the rule of law. Right...

Bush commuted the sentence of a criminal he and his vp were suspected of being a co-conspirator with. Slap...

Would Libby have been a good witness for the prosecution against other suspects?

Now, we'll never know, will we? ...a miraculous coincidence.

...huge difference

Posted by: elephty | July 6, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Let us not blame Bush and Cheney for all the troubles the world is facing now. And, let us not blame ourselves either for for not voting intellegently in the last presidential election. Let us look forward to 2008 presidential election and promise ourselves not to commit the same mistake again ever.

Posted by: mila robbins | July 5, 2007 10:55 PM
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You can say that again Mila!

Do all yourselves a great big favor! REGISTER AS INDEPENDENTS AND QUIT BEING TAKEN FOR GRANTED!

Posted by: Big Mo | July 6, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Let us not blame Bush and Cheney for all the troubles the world is facing now. And, let us not blame ourselves either for for not voting intellegently in the last presidential election. Let us look forward to 2008 presidential election and promise ourselves not to commit the same mistake again ever.

Posted by: mila robbins | July 5, 2007 10:55 PM
_________________________________________
You can say that again Mila!

JUST SAY NO TO HILLARY CLINTON!

Do all yourselves a great big favor! REGISTER AS INDEPENDENTS AND QUIT BEING TAKEN FOR GRANTED!

Posted by: Big Mo | July 6, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Interestingly, if one peruses the comments, he will find that those who support Libby's commutation have to be deceitful to back it up, but those who are opposed to the gang's criminal acts merely need to state the facts.

Posted by: elephty | July 6, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Interestingly, if one peruses the comments, he will find that those who support Libby's commutation have to be deceitful to back it up, but those who are opposed to the gang's criminal acts merely need to state the facts.

Posted by: elephty | July 6, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are no better as they pander to the drug money and prevent the import from the same mfg plant at less then 50% of the cost.

All this proves is the old saying, Absolute Power corrupts Absolutely. To see how the Democrats control New Jersey's corruption from our State house see my five year investigation on thomascaggiano.com

See the film SICKO as France, England, Canada and Cuba have free health care systems as our is controlled by the AMA pay offs, the HMOs and the drug companies.

Our Congress and our State is just one big revolving lobbiest pit designed by the rich to protect the rich as our nation has demolished its contract with WE the PEOPLE and turn to ME, I get my greed and envy the Public be damned. Like Katrina that is still a disaster pit the people don't count only OIL, Drug money and power.

Posted by: thomas caggiano | July 6, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Shumer wasn't elected yet when Clinton lied, the real issue is whether GOP senators have the integrity to take the drastic measure of impeachment in hand, suspending both Bush and Cheney while they proceed with impeachment against both(They both conspired in the shenanigans with Libby and Armitage, as well as the more serious breaches of international law and our Constitution). Our war of Independence was justified by charges against George III who was a Sunday School teacher compared to Bush, for war crimes lodging foreign troops on our soil and destroying our cities. The Geneva Conventions have been traditionally and factually the greatest support our troops have had in time of war to guarantee just and humane treatment. Bush and Cheney cannot go on with their flagrant violations and say that they in any way support our troops. If treason doesn't qualify as a high crime and misdemeanour our world is truly insane. Registering as an Independent is precisely the ploy one would expect from GOP pundits who hope to draw away any effective vote which may yet exist, although my Democratic vote is going to the first Republican who has the honesty to stop all the charades and sidestepping going on in this "Democratic" Congress!

Posted by: Fr,Al+ | July 6, 2007 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Shumer,total P.O.s.

Posted by: ex new yorker | July 7, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

So-o-o! The 4th Estate is finally waking up after their 6 year snooze. Always before, in the history of this nation the press has been the vanguard leading the way by informing the people. This time it is the other way around, the people are leading the free press. What happened here. Let me remind you all that it is the duty and obligation of the free press to keep the citizenry informed. The FIRST thing to be eliminated in a corrupt, dictatorial government administration is a FREE PRESS.

Posted by: Jorita Madison | July 13, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

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