Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Special Comment -- Resign

Tie: Baby Blue, I think. Correct me if I got it wrong.
Worst Person in the World: William Kristol, who thinks people who disagree with Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby are ridiculous. Which means the majority of Americans are ridiculous.

I wonder how tonight's Special Comment will go over with the masses. He's spoken out aggressively against President Bush and his administration before, but tonight, Keith took it to the next level.

Here's a link to the official text and video. If you happened to miss Countdown, check it out.

He called for Bush and Cheney to resign, saying it's the most patriotic thing for them to do. He compared Bush commuting Scooter Libby's sentence to Richard Nixon's firing of Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox during the Saturday Night Massacre.

Keith said that the President broke a sacred trust: "That the president for whom so many did not vote, can in turn suspend his political self long enough, and for matters imperative enough, to conduct himself solely for the benefit of the entire Republic," and later added that the President acted as the President of the Republican Party, not the President of the U.S.

He closed like he started, referencing John Wayne's quote: "I didn't vote for him, but he's my President, and I hope he does a good job." Keith says we at least deserve a president who fits that description.

As for the rest of the show, almost all of it had to do with Scooter Libby. Bush finally spoke out about it and didn't sound very reassuring. The press, for once, asked Tony Snow tons of tough questions about it and he said any jail time would be inappropriate.

Richard Wolffe said this was just a case of the decider in action. David Shuster reminds us that lies under oath are crimes. Shuster says documents show Valerie Plame was indeed covert, even if Libby's defenders say differently.

It's sad when we need Keith and David Shuster to remind us that obstruction of justice is a serious crime. No really, it is.

Jonathan Turley comes on to discuss Commute vs. Pardon. Basically, if Bush had given Libby a full pardon, there's a possible interpretation of the law that may have prevented Libby to plead the Fifth Amendment. As governor, Bush granted fewer pardons than any Texas governor since the 1940s and wrote in his autobiography "I don't believe my role is to replace the verdict of a jury with my own." Turley says that the presidential powers were originally given with the assumption that Congress would check the president. Oops.

The New York Times reports
that Al Gore received an advanced copy of The Sopranos finale. This, of course, made Rudy Giuliani upset, since he didn't get one.

Tom Cruise not being allowed to film on a memorial site in Germany led to the discovery of another Olbermann -- a spokesman for the Finance Ministry. Keith and Stefan don't look different enough side by side where being related is out of the question.

Have a happy July 4th, everyone.

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