WASHINGTON - In the waning days of the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney launched a last-ditch campaign to persuade his boss to pardon Lewis (Scooter) Libby - and was furious when President George W. Bush wouldn't budge.
It wasn't enough that Bush commuted Libby's 30 month prison sentence for perjury and obstruction of justice. Cheney wanted more. But even Bush is capable of learning.
About the same time, however, an official who has worked closely with both men mused that the relationship "isn't what it was" when Bush tapped Cheney as his running mate in 2000.
"It's been a long, long time since I've heard the President say, 'Run that by the vice president's office.' You used to hear that all the time."
I wonder if Bush decided that Libby pushed disastrous policies and lost sympathy for him.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2009 February 17 11:52 PM Politics American Presidency|