President Bush has commuted the sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, convicted of obstruction in the Valerie Plame political leak investigation. The President's statement on the matter is here, and the text of the Proclamation granting Mr. Libby executive clemency is here. The commutation came after the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit refused to delay Mr. Libby's prison sentence pending disposition of his appeal.
Good. The whole Plame proceeding was a travesty. Besides, a President should stand behind his servants when they get into trouble.
The question is, what will the Left do now ? No doubt the usual suspects are absolutely incandescent with anger over being so deprived of their prey, but on this particular issue, they're boxed in, legally speaking. That's going to be unpleasant for the call-takers in Democratic congressional offices this week, and adds up to more rage from the Left wing base at the Democratic establishment.
There's an opening in the Democratic spectrum that Obama and Edwards (let alone Mrs. Clinton) do not adequately fill, and this is going to make that gap really itch to be filled. I wonder what Al Gore is going to do ?