Thursday, June 07, 2007

Why I Stopped Reading the Economist

Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the former chief of staff to Dick Cheney, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for perjury and for obstructing an investigation into the naming of a CIA officer, whose husband had criticised the administration over Iraq. Mr Libby was convicted in March, but some conservative pundits and politicians are asking George Bush to use his powers to pardon him because, they say, he is just a scapegoat.

William Jefferson, a Democratic congressman from New Orleans, was indicted by federal authorities on 16 charges for allegedly accepting bribes. He resigned from his seat on the House of Representatives' small-business committee, but Republicans said the Democrats were moving too slowly to eject him from Congress.

A convicted Republican should be pardoned.
An indicted Democrat should be punished.
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