Turkeys aren’t the only ones getting a bye from the outgoing administration, though I’m not sure if the people on the first list of presidential pardons are going to Disneyland to hang out at Big Thunder Mountain Ranch like Pumpkin and Pecan! (There are some who believe that sounded like a good plan for VP Dick Cheney’s right-hand man, David Addington!)
President Bush’s first round of pardons weren’t very notable. But with 50-plus days to go in Bush’s waning administration, there’s lots of time to get around to the more high profile names like convicted securities fraudster Michael Milken and former Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones. But the big question in the presidential get-out-of-jail-free lottery is whether Bush will actually go down the road of pardoning the likes of Scooter Libby, and making blanket precautionary pardons for Bush water carriers like Harriet Miers, Alberto Gonzalez, and Karl Rove.
And maybe Martha Stewart? I’m sure she would think that was a “good thing!”
Since Barack Obama has taken the stage as a very high-profile President-elect, Bush seems happy to move into the back seat as a sort of President-emeritus. But that gives him much more time to add to the list of pals he wants spared from any possible prosecution once he leaves office.
If Bush would really like to make amends, there is one pardon he should issue as a mea culpa — former Alabama Governor Don Siegelmen. Siegelman was convicted on bribery charges in 2006, but was recently released from prison after serving part of his sentence when a judge ruled that there were serious questions about whether his prosecution was politically motivated, some believe in a plan that was masterminded by Karl Rove.
But I guess that would be too much to ask for that pardon when the potential wrongdoing actually came from the administration issuing the pardon. I bet Pumpkin and Pecan are just happy that their lifetime repreives came through on the early side before President Bush gets distracted with the rest of the list.
Cross-posted from BlogHer, where PunditMom is a Contributing Editor for Politics & News.