The Key Question

It's asked of Tony Snow:

PRESS: "If there are more than 3,000 current petitions for commutation -- not pardons, but commutation -- in the federal system, under President Bush, will all 3,000 of those be held to the same standard that the president applied to Scooter Libby?"

SNOW: "I don't know."

If Bush is not actually, you know, creating one system of justice for his friends and employees and another for everyone else, why doesn't Snow have an answer to that question? Of course, this is an egregious abuse of presidential power. But how does that make it different from much of the rest of Bush's presidency? The answer is: it's constitutional. I guess we have to be grateful for small mercies.