Fallacy No. 1
...Matt Drudge was hypocritical for bring up 61+ pardons...
Pardons allow convicted criminals to get away with crimes. Clemency (ie commuting a sentence) let's the crime stand. If anyone is hypocritical, it is any Democrat who would accuse Bush of ignoring the rule of law.
Fallacy No. 2
...Libby's conviction was pursued by Patrick Fitzgerald, a Bush appointee...
Wrong! Well, it was Patrick Fitzgerald who "pursued" Libby.
"...After the investigation was under way, the Justice Department appointed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald as a Special Counsel in charge of the case. Mr. Fitzgerald is a highly qualified, professional prosecutor who carried out his responsibilities as charged..."
Bush did not appoint Fitzgerald. The DOJ did.
Fallacy No. 3
...And so here we are, four years after we were manipulated into war...
In fact, Democrats voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq. Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and John Edwards all voted in favor of the use of force. Saddam Hussein did declare jihad (holy war) prior to any Iraq invasion.
Fallacy No. 4
...And Libby is free to commit perjury because...
Whoa, right there. I don't know what alternate universe you perceive, but perhaps you should take a long, hard look in the mirror.
Mr. Libby was sentenced to thirty months of prison, two years of probation, and a $250,000 fine. In making the sentencing decision, the district court rejected the advice of the probation office, which recommended a lesser sentence and the consideration of factors that could have led to a sentence of home confinement or probation.
I respect the jury's verdict. But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby's sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison.
My decision to commute his prison sentence leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby. The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged. His wife and young children have also suffered immensely. He will remain on probation. The significant fines imposed by the judge will remain in effect. The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant, and private citizen will be long-lasting.
If Gil thinks $250,000 is "free", I'd enjoy a "free" lunch sometime.
All of this because Democrats cannot admit they were wrong. Remember them screaming about Karl Rove and Plamegate and Joe Wilson being targeted by the administration? That has now crumbled. None of the claims were validated.
In fact, Joe Wilson did take a CIA-paid trip to Africa - which he denied on numerous occasions. When is his sentence for lying to us?
Wilson denied trip was "CIA trip" at least twice - July 2005
Wilson interview: Trip to Niger was not a CIA trip
Proof Joe Wilson outted Valerie Plame