A quick poll finds 60 percent of Americans oppose Bush's commutation of Libby's sentence. 40 percent of Republicans oppose it. If the case against the above-the-law president is made cogently and clearly, those numbers can go up. It's up to Democrats and those conservatives who still believe in the rule of law to make the case against the degeneracy in the White House.
We now have a clear and simple illustration of the arrogance of this president. Tell the American people the core narrative of this monarchical presidency: this president believes he is above the law in wiretapping citizens with no court oversight; he has innovated an explosive use of signing statements to declare himself above the law on a bewildering array of other matters, large and small; he has unilaterally declared himself above American law, international law, and U.N. Treaty obligations in secretly authorizing torture; he has claimed the right to seize anyone in the United States, detain them indefinitely without trial and torture them; his vice-president refuses to abide by the law that mandates securing classified documents; and when a court of law finds a friend of the president's guilty, he commutes the sentence.