The preemptive, self-pardon folks have been around for almost 40 years now and - by even the most generous estimate - they are 0 for 4. They were wrong during the administrations of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Yes, they were very loud and wildly colorful, but no less wrong. The more astute scholar might darken the picture even more by noting predictions that Ulysses S. Grant would pardon his brother to save his own shirt because prosecutors were "crawling up into" administrations way back then.In an attempt to beef up the team's .000 batting average, David Swanson has now come off of the bench and stepped up to the plate at the American Chronicle to say:
Of course it is very likely that Bush will attempt a self-pardon ... Remember that John McCain (and Barack Obama too, for that matter) has not committed to refusing to pardon Bush.Swanson's credentials as a historian, political analyst and scholar of constitutional law are beyond dispute. He is, after all, the creator of MeetWithCindy. org. And he objectively informs his readers that President Bush is a "certified moron" a "bumbling idiot" and "senile." There. Argue with all of that! See Swanson's slow motion train wreck here.