- President George W. Bush, 2001 -
This AP story from June 13th, 2007 discusses how important it is to "tough on crime" GOP legislators for "maverick" judges to obey sentencing guidelines established by Congress:
Bush Seeks To Re-Impose Mandatory Minimums
What is the GOP response to a maverick president that flouts a decision by a federal judge consistent with sentencing guidelines in the Lewis "Scooter" Libby case?
The list of GOP leaders not commenting, as of Monday evening, is long: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who is traveling in Kentucky this week; House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ill.), who is traveling in Russia; Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), the GOP whip; Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), chairman of conference, who is tasked with leading message operations; Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.), Kyl's messaging counterpart who chairs the House conference. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), chairwoman of the GOP policy committee, has still not voiced an opinion on Libby's commutation.
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is also silent at this moment, as is Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Specter's counterpart on House Judiciary.
So far I'd call it moral cowardice.
This seems like a natural time for candidate John Edwards to reacquaint Americans to his two Americas theme.