Maybe the reason so much of the “elite” media seems to be missing the point of this story — as in missing it by a mile — is because no one has ever taken the time to explain it to them in simple terms: so let me try.
The real travesty here isn’t that Scooter Libby doesn’t have to spend a day in jail for obstructing justice several years ago.
The real travesty is that he doesn’t have to spend a day in jail for the privilege of being able to continue obstructing justice today and on into the future.
Libby lied to the FBI and the grand jury several years ago, almost certainly to protect his boss who just happens to be the Vice President of the United States (and probably his boss’s “boss” who just happens to be the President of the United States). As a result of those lies, the full truth regarding a serious breach of the public trust involving the deliberate act of blowing the cover of a covert CIA agent as an act of political revenge has never come out.
You want to spare poor Scooter from having to walk in the footsteps of Paris Hilton? Fine. But first make him tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Bush didn’t require that as a condition to commuting Libby’s prison sentence (for obvious reasons). So now that truth will never be told.
That’s the real story here, folks: deal with it.