Much has been written about the President's recent commutation of "Scooter" Libby's prison sentence. I've yet to see anything positive (with good reason).
But it seems to me that there's very little sense of perspective in the commentary so far.
First, what would we do without MTV asking the hard-hitting questions: "Did Paris Hilton and Lil' Kim get it worse than Scooter Libby?"
Is there anything with LESS perspective on this issue than vox populi from a 17-year-old? Seriously?
Then we have Keith Olbermann's rant (included below) calling for both Bush and Cheney to resign over this matter. Now, I'm not about to defend the current administration as even remotely worthy of the office. But seriously, Scooter Libby is what you're getting all upset about? Granted, Olbermann goes off on a litany of issues that he has with the administration, which all add up to poor stewardship of the country. He's not wrong about that. But I think he overreaches in his comparison to Nixon's firing of Archibald Cox. (Never mind that many of his complaints boil down to "Republicans shouldn't be in charge of government.")
And really, here's the thing. If a person had enough of a sense of honor and duty to resign as President -- there's an awfully good chance that such a person wouldn't have done something so wrong as to precipitate the resignation in the first place.
I'll put it even more bluntly: for a person to resign, he has to think he's actually done something wrong. Clearly, this President (and Vice President) hold no such belief. Expecting them to resign is rather foolish.
I'm reminded (tangentially) of the outrage over President Clinton's lies about his affairs. People were shocked -- SHOCKED -- that the President of the United States would lie to the American people about cheating on his wife.
Well, DUH. When you cheat on your wife, that's what you do -- lie about it. I'm not defending the practice, of course. I'm saying don't expect a cheater to be honest about cheating. He (or she) has already cheated, why on Earth would any rational person then expect a cheater to act honorably in any other way?
And why on Earth would any rational person expect a President who has -- let's put it tactfully -- stretched the limits of his office -- to suddenly develop a conscience and resign?
Anyhow, here's that clip from Olbermann. What do YOU think?
Update, 4:15pm: Here's a link to the text version of Mr. Olbermann's commentary. Also, Mr. Olbermann's name has had its full complement of n's restored within this article. ;-)