So what do you think? Will the Scootinator be pardoned by Bush before he gets carted off to Club Fed? For whatever it’s worth, my instincts say yes. Pardoning Libby would be consistent with Bush’s modus operandi of pissing at the rule of law whenever possible, and as a special added bonus, of course, would also help to guarantee Libby’s continued silence.
But my instincts also tell me that Bush would pay a bigger price for doing this than most people believe. Americans hate him — the polls leave no doubt about that — but they don’t hate him deeply enough, yet, to support radical action such as impeachment.
A Libby pardon could change that. And yes, I know the public doesn’t seem all that revved up about the scandal right now: but my instincts — yeah, them again — tell me a pardon could start an avalanche of public anger, perhaps starting slowly, but then building both in speed and strength until it consumes the administration.
So, my first bet is that Bush will pardon Libby. My second bet is he’ll live to regret it.
What do you think?