Let's keep commuting, Mr. President!

Mike Gallagher

7/5/2007 10:00:31 AM - Mike Gallagher

I'm absolutely shocked that Democrats like Bill Clinton are carping about President Bush's decision to commute the ridiculous prison sentence of "Scooter" Libby.

I can't believe there's actually gambling going on in Casablanca.

Actually, if a Democratic president pardoned or commuted the prison sentence of a trusted aide, we Republicans would be complaining as well.  Come to think of it, we did when President Clinton handed out pardons like candy canes on Christmas morning.

So let the left complain about Libby.  Big deal.  So they stomp their feet and hold their breath until they turn blue.  Big deal.  Sparing Mr. Libby a lengthy prison sentence was simply the right thing to do.

And I think Rep. Tom Tancredo is on the right track in publicly calling on the President to do the same thing for imprisoned border patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.  As a matter of fact, Tancredo thinks these two brave men, rotting in jail after shooting a rotten drug dealer at the border, should be given a full pardon, not a commutation.

Well, let's not overreach here.  If the President isn't going to pardon Libby, he sure isn't going to pardon Ramos and Compean.  But at the very least, he should spare their families the anguish of their prison sentences and at least do the same thing for them that he did for Libby.

Come on, Mr. President.  Do the right thing for these two heroic Border Patrol agents, too!