Showing posts with label Campaign 08. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Campaign 08. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Anyone Can Be King!

  The New Yorker once noted that he has "benefited from impeccable timing." In 1996, he was elected to the state senate from a heavily Democratic (and one of the most liberal) districts in the State of Illinois. The victory came after the name of his primary opponent was removed from the ballot for technical reasons. In 2004, he was elected to the United States Senate after his Republican opponent withdrew from the race just a few months before the election. By 2006, he was already considering running for the President of the United States! Enjoying more celebrity style treatment and media adulation than any candidate in history, he successfully tucked away controversial past and present associations (including his own wife and his vice presidential running mate when their words made waves), replaced serious discussion of policy with shallow 'inspirational' style cliches, and saw his victory effectively sealed in the final days of the campaign when the Nation was rocked by financial crisis, a crisis spearheaded by the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - institutions which he and his party consistently shielded from reform and institutions which happened to have donated more than $100,000 to his campaign. And, in January of 2009, Barack Obama will wield a power that some say has been expanded beyond that of the original power wielded by Kings of England - the pardon power.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Campaign 08: Obama to Pardon Rezko?

A Wall Street Journal article here reviews recent event in Chicago, as they relate to a convicted felon and Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. The piece notes Tony Rezko, recently convicted on 16 counts of influence peddling, is "one of the first Obama political boosters." He also faces trial in Chicago for a $10 million in business fraud and in Nevada for unpaid casino-gambling debts. Says the Journal:

The Democratic candidate met the Syrian-born businessman in his final year at Harvard Law School, and they stayed on friendly terms in the next two decades. When Mr. Obama started his run for the state Senate in 1995, Mr. Rezko gave him $2,000 on the first day of the campaign. The Illinois Senator says his political career didn't start in Bill Ayers's living room, but the Rezko wallet certainly launched him on his way. Over the next decade, Mr. Rezko raised as much as $250,000 for him and served on the Obama Senate campaign finance committee in 2004.

A year after his election, Mr. Obama bought his home in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood with Mr. Rezko's help. At the time, he was the subject of a (then rumored) federal investigation. The men together looked at a house listed at $1.95 million. The seller insisted an adjoining lot must be sold simultaneously, though it was bound by a restrictive covenant that severely limited what the purchaser could do with the lot.

Nevertheless, on the same day that the Obamas offered $1.65 million -- the highest bid on the property -- Mr. Rezko's wife put in for the lot at the listed price of $625,000. (Mrs. Rezko earned $37,000 a year at the time and had assets of $35,000.) In 2006, Mrs. Rezko sold a 10 foot wide strip of her property to Mr. Obama for $112,000 to expand his garden. He paid nearly double the assessed value, but the sale made the Rezko lot less attractive to develop.

As Mr. Obama considered a Presidential run, he gave $159,000 in past donations traceable to Mr. Rezko to charity, and he called the house purchase "boneheaded" and "a mistake in not seeing the potential conflicts of interest or appearances of impropriety." Speaking of Mr. Rezko earlier this year to the Chicago Tribune, Mr. Obama said, "He hadn't asked me for favors." Mr. Rezko hasn't yet told his side of the story. Following his conviction this summer, Mr. Obama said, "This isn't the Tony Rezko I knew." The Senator said the same about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, after his longtime pastor's "God D--- America" YouTube turn this spring.

Obama has explicitly pledged he wouldn't dismiss Mr. Fitzgerald. But the Journal notes that does not mean that he (Fitzgerald) will not be "promoted" out of Chicago. And, the Journal asks whether or not Obama will "rule out a pardon for Tony Rezko?" See full article here.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Campaign 08: Ron Paul's Pardon Request?

In his 1987 resignation letter from the GOP, Ron Paul wrote, among other things:
Under Reagan, the IRS has grown bigger, richer, more powerful, and more arrogant. In the words of the founders of our country, our government has "sent hither swarms" of tax gatherers "to harass our people and eat out their substance." His officers jailed the innocent George Hansen, with the President refusing to pardon a great American whose only crime was to defend the Constitution. Reagan's new tax "reform" gives even more power to the IRS. Far from making taxes fairer or simpler, it deceitfully raises more revenue for the government to waste.
Who is Hansen? Hansen came to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in Idaho's Second District in 1964. In 1976 he plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges of violating the 1971 Federal Election Campaign Act. On the other hand, Hansen declared that his "deficiencies" (amounting to a total of about $16,000) were not "intentional" and that he had no plans to resign from his seat in Congress. Judge George L. Hart originally sentenced Hansen to one year in jail with ten months suspended. But, one week later, Hart decided Hansen was "stupid" but not necessarily "evil." The punishment was thus reduced to a mere $2,000 fine and Hansen was reelected!

In April of 1984, Hansen was convicted on four counts of violating the 1978 Federal Ethics in Government Act and was looking at the possibility of 5 to 15 months in jail for failing to report over $300,000 worth of loans and other transactions on his financial disclosure funds. After being reprimanded by the House, Hansen appealed the conviction and ran for reelection. And, at first, it first appeared that he had won. When the dust settled however, he had lost by a mere 68 votes. A federal appeals court, which featured future Supreme Court Justices Scalia and Ginsburg upheld the conviction and Hansen spent 15 months in prison and was fined $40,000. When his experience there was over, he told reporters, "There's a story that needs to be told, and it'll be out shortly,"

Amazingly, Hansen was convicted again, in 1992, of engaging in bank fraud amounting to more than $2 million. With a possible sentence of 30 years and fines of up to $45 million on the plate, it appeared to be curtains. When all was said and done, Hansen spent over 4 years in prison, but in December, 1995, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated his sentence.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Watch List: Crunch Time Ahead

When Obama steps into the White House, the Watch List may feature some folks at ACORN, Tony Rezko, and Larry Walsh. But, for now, the list is as follows:

Presidential Pardon Watch List - P.S. Ruckman, Jr.

- Clarence Aaron (drug dealing)
- Willie Mays Aikens (sold drugs to an undercover agent) X - released (6/5/08)
- Claude Allen (theft)
- Conrad Black (fraud and obstruction of justice)
- Duane Chapman (deprivation of liberty) X - won extradition battle (11/6/07)
- Roger Clemens
- Jose Compean (illegal arrest of an alien)
- Randy Cunningham Application in.
- Edwin Edwards (convicted of racketeering) Application in.
- John Forte (cocaine)
- Gilmer Hernandez (civil rights violation)
- Lawrence Hutchins (soldier, murder X - sentence commuted to 11 years (5/9/08)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion)
- Jack Johnson (violated the Mann Act)
- Marion Jones (steroids) Application in.
- Scooter Libby (perjury, obstruction of justice)
- John Walker Lindh
(terrorism) Application in.
- David H. McNab (smuggling and money laundering)
-
Michael Milken
(securities and reporting violations) Application in.
- Julius Nasso (conspiracy, extortion)
- Tom Noe (illegal campaign contributions)
- O.Henry (embezzling bank funds)
- Chibueze Okorie (driver for a heroine ring) Application in.
- Lance Persson
(drug dealing)
- Leonard Pielter
(double murder of FBI agents)
- The Pig (tasting so good) X - White House spokesman says "no" (11/18/07)
- Jonathan Pollard (spying on behalf of Israel X - President says "no change" (5/13/08)
- Ignacio Ramos
(illegal arrest of an alien)
- George Ryan (corruption)
- David Safavian (lying to investigators)
- Richard Scrushy (corruption)
- Don Siegelman
(corruption)
- Jeffrey Skilling (fraud, conspiracy, insider trading)
- Martha Stewart (obstruction of justice)
- Ted Stevens (violation of ethics laws)
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dogfighting ring)
- Robert Steve Vukelic (knowledge of a felony, failing to reporting it to authorities)
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering)
- Jason Charles Yeager (methamphetamine charges)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Campaign 08: Will President Obama Pardon ...

The Washington Times reports that the FBI has "raided" the county offices of a former Illinois state senator who is "a poker-playing buddy" of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Larry Walsh has campaigned for Obama in rural and farming areas of the state and became "tight friends" during their tenure in the Illinois Senate, bonding over games of poker. Obama also endorsed Walsh in his county executive election bid.

According to "sources," the investigation may be tied to lobbying firm Smith Dawson and Andrews, "which was hired in 2006 for $10,000 per month to help Will County acquire federal grants." Last month, Walsh announced Will County was the recipient of a $750,000 federal government grant and one of the firm's partners contributed $2,000 to help Mr. Walsh's county executive election bid. See story here.

Will President Obama grant a pardon to Walsh and derail any further investigation into these matters? How will such a preemptive pardon be interpreted by the American people? A spokesperson for Obama has already claimed that he will not derail the prosecution of Tony Rezko with a pardon (see post here). As Obama's relationship with ACORN and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac may require further investigation (see posts here and here), it appears candidate Obama needs to address the issue of preemptive pardons at least as much as the President.

Friday, September 26, 2008

In the Midst of Financial Collapse ... A Passionate Call for Symbolic Mercy

The Associated Press reports that the House of Representatives took time out today to recommend (by voice vote) that Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, "should be granted a presidential pardon for a racially motivated conviction 75 years ago that blemished his reputation and hurt his boxing career." Johnson was convicted of violating the Mann Act in 1913 and fled the country. He then returned and served serve nearly a year at Leavenworth. But, afterward, he failed to regain his title. Rep Peter King (R-NY) authored the resolution and says, "[Johnson] was a victim of the times and we need to set the record straight — clear his name — and recognize him for his groundbreaking contribution to the sport of boxing." Over in the U.S. Senate Republican presidential nominee John McCain (AZ) has a companion resolution.

Other dead people deserving mercy: O Henry, Ellis H. Parker, Samuel Mudd, Marcus Garvey ... See story here.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Campaign 08: If ... Then Kerik is Pardoned!

Dan Janison (at Newsday) is making his contribution to late-term pardon speculation. Janison's interest is Bernard B. Kerik, who served as New York City police commissioner when Rudolph W. Giuliani was mayor and found himself facing a 16-count federal indictment after being nomination as secretary to the Department of Homeland Security. Kerik faces up to 20 years in prison. But Janison notes:
On his "NYPD Confidential" Web site, our ex-colleague Len Levitt suggested that if McCain wins and makes Rudy Giuliani attorney general, Bernie Kerik could win an inside track to a pardon on federal corruption charges. But since McCain's camp whacked Giuliani over Kerik, isn't it more likely President George W. Bush would pardon Kerik on his way out the door? Bush, after all, commuted the sentence of spy-name-leaker I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby - who wasn't even a purported 9/11 "hero." Some wonder, though, if Bush has forgiven Kerik's embarrassing 2004 implosion as security nominee.
Wow. Haven't seen the Scooter Libby fallacy in a while ("He pardoned Libby, so he will/should pardon everyone else.") I believe, at one time, it was supposed to be a "defense" or a "motion" that was to overtake the federal judiciary (see commentary here). See Janison's piece here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Campaign 08: Investigations (and Pardons) Ahead?

From OpenSecrets.org (the Center for Responsive Politics):

Since the 1990 election cycle, Freddie Mac and Frannie Mae's employees and political action committee have given $19.5 million to federal candidates and committees ... Freddie Mac, which has given $10.2 million of that, actually ranks among the top 100 donors of all time, including all industries. Although Fannie Mae doesn't quite make that list with employees and its PAC giving $9.4 million since 1989, it has so far given two times more than Freddie Mac has this election cycle ($1.3 million compared to $595,800) ... Both are giving more to Democrats than Republicans this election cycle (Mae 61 percent, Mac 56 percent) ... Democrat Barack Obama collected the most from individuals associated with Fannie Mae at $101,150 and a total of $122,850 from both companies, putting him behind Dodd. Obama's opponent in the presidential election, John McCain, has received only $21,300 from both since 1989.

Top 20 (of 354) Recipients of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Campaign Contributions, 1989-2008

1. Dodd, Christopher J (D) $165,400
2. Obama, Barack (D) $126,349
3. Kerry, John (D) $111,000
4. Bennett, Robert F (R) $107,999
5. Bachus, Spencer (R) $103,300
6. Blunt, Roy (R) $96,950
7. Kanjorski, Paul E (D) $96,000
8. Bond, Christopher S (R) $95,400
9. Shelby, Richard C (R) $80,000
10. Reed, Jack (D) $78,250
11. Reid, Harry (D) $77,000
12. Clinton, Hillary (D) $76,050
13. Davis, Tom (R) $75,499
14. Boehner, John (R) $67,750
15. Conrad, Kent (D) $64,491
16. Reynolds, Tom (R) $62,200
17. Johnson, Tim (D) $61,000
18. Pelosi, Nancy (D) $56,250
19. Carper, Tom (D) $55,889
20. Hoyer, Steny H (D) $55,500

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Campaign 08: Will President Obama Pardon Himself?

  In honor of the web's best thinking regarding the Bush administration and preemptive self-pardons, we play this game:

From Human Events: It's no surprise that ACORN is closely associated with Barack Obama. Right after graduating from the Harvard Law school, Obama was recruited by ACORN to run a successful voter registration drive for an ACORN affiliate, Project Vote. ACORN claims that, along with Project Vote, it registered 1.15 million new voters in 2004 and deployed 4,000 get-out-the-vote workers on Election Day (9/16/08)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Campaign 08: Barr on Pardons and Drugs

At the Huffington Post, Libertarian candidate Bob Barr has written an editorial which says, among other things:

I also would review my presidential pardon and commutation powers as a possible means to reduce the number of people in federal prison for non-violent drug offenses. We can no longer afford the human and economic costs of imprisoning so many thousands of people for drug possession. This is the most destructive impact of drug prohibition.
See full editorial here. PardonPower has submitted questions to candidate Barr (here) and, at the time, had high expectations of timely response. But, so far ...

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Campaign 08: New Pardon Standards for Palin

The Anchorage Daily News suggests that the following question be asked of Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin:
Sen. Ted Stevens' trial is still pending; he has declined to say whether he would accept a pardon from President Bush before he leaves office Jan. Do Alaska voters deserve an answer to that question before they cast their vote for or against Stevens in November? What is your position on a president pardoning a public official before a jury has ruled on guilt or innocence?
The logic, of course, is that we (the American people) need/deserve to know how Palin feels about these matters - even though she will not have the pardon power as vice-president. No, she is just one step away from the presidency, so we must see what kind of president she would be and how she would use the pardon power and for whom.

Which raises this obvious question: Where were all of the questions about the use of the pardon power for Al Gore, who was a vice-presidential candidate in 1992 and 1996 and a presidential candidate in 2000? Did anyone ever ask him about the Marc Rich pardon, or a dozen others, which were granted when he was vice-president, a mere heartbeat from the presidency? Did anyone ask him any specific questions about specific cases in the aftermath of one of the greatest pardon scandals in history? PardonPower certainly welcomes this new level of scrutiny/prurient interest in pardons. But we also hope that it is a consistent, rather than intermittent, feature of the press. See story here.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Campaign 08: Biden, Obama to Prosecute Bush?

The preemptive self-pardon has been a hot-topic in the far corners of the blawgosphere in recent months. But there has actually been very little analysis of what each and every American can do to bring on such a preposterous episode. Once possibility: act just a little bit nutty and constantly raise the spectre of frivolous partisan criminal "investigations" of your political opponents for show.

In a recent Deerfield Beach (FL) appearance, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joseph Biden said that he and running mate Barack Obama might very well pursue criminal charges against the Bush administration if elected in November. Or, more specifically, he said:

"If there has been a basis upon which you can pursue someone for a criminal violation, they will be pursued - not out of vengeance, not out of retribution, out of the need to preserve the notion that no one, no attorney general, no president -- no one is above the law."
But, a few hours later, Biden was asked about "a report that if you guys are elected ... you're actually going to pursue criminal charges against President Bush's administration and different people that served there." The quirky Biden responded:

"That's not true. I don't know where that report's coming from. What is true is the United States Congress is trying to preserve records on questions that relate to whether or not the law has been violated by anyone ... No one's talking about President Bush. ... I've never heard anybody mention President Bush in that context ... There's been an awful lot of unsavory stuff that's gone on ... but I have no evidence of any of that. No one's talking about pursuing President Bush criminally."
Is 66-year old Biden unstable? a clumsy liar? a primary strategist in the campaign to produce history's first preemptive self pardon? Or, is it time to pull out the old Clinton Parse-o-Meter (patent pending) ... let's see, he didn't actually mention Bush by name ... he could have meant any previous president ...

For now, let's just hope it was a silly, immature ploy of the Delaware Senator to steal some headlines away from Sarah Palin and the Republican National Convention. Sure, Biden had to contradict himself and appear a little senile in the process. But any headline with "Bush" and "criminal" was well worth it. And, besides, it's not likely anyone is going to start holding Biden accountable for what he says. As Neil Kinnick once put it, "Let’s see how things work out for Joe ... He is a really nice guy, a really smart guy.”

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Campaign 08: Kucinich on Years

The Hill reports (here) that censorship has been a feature at the Democratic National Convention:

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who was asked by Obama to speak about the economy, was scheduled to deliver his speech Tuesday afternoon. The Obama campaign struck just one line from his speech, which slammed the Republicans and the Bush administration, according to a Democratic source. That line, addressing Republicans, read: “They’re asking for another four years — in a just world, they’d get 10 to 20.”

We'll be looking for additional commentary by Kucinich on pardons!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Watch List: Biden No Fan of Pollard

Here are some exceprts from an article at YNet News which highlights a 2007 interview with Joeseph Biden, Barack Obama's vice presidential candidate:

Biden also commented on Jonathan Pollard, sentenced to life in prison for espionage charges. "He has to serve his sentence. There's a rationale, in my view, why Pollard should be given leniency. But there is not a rationale to say, 'What happened did not happen and should be pardoned'," he said.

"My worry is that, if I were president, to go and pardon Pollard would make a lie out of the notion that there are certain rules. You cannot give classified information, period. Even to a friend. If this were Great Britain, it would be the same thing."

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Campaign 08: More on Eric Holder

Human Events features an interesting piece written by the son of a man who was killed as a result of the terrorist acts of Armed Forces for National Liberation (FALN). More specifically, Joseph F. Connor wonders what a person like Eric Holder - who is helping Barack Obama find a VP and is often mentioned as the Nation's next Attorney General - is doing assisting the campaign of Obama at any level.

Connor notes Holder was "a driving force" behind Bill Clinton’s pardons of FALN members. It was FALN's January 24, 1975 bombing at New York City’s historic Fraunces Tavern that claimed the life of Frank Connor and three others. FALN threatened Judge Thomas McMillen’s life during their trial in Chicago and remained unrepentant in prison. Connor observes:
As the deputy attorney general, [Holder] was responsible for signing off on all clemency matters forwarded to the President, and in this case he recommended that clemency be granted -- despite vehement opposition from the FBI, the Bureau of Prisons, and his own Justice Department ... Indeed, rather than consult with attack victims and their families, Mr. Holder instead met privately with members of Congress and recommended what the FALN members should do to facilitate a grant of presidential clemency.
As a result, Connor asks, "should this man influence a potential VP selection or one day be the nation’s top law enforcement officer?" See Human Events piece here.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Virginia: Pardon, Deportation or the Vice Presidency?

The State parole board has completed its recommendation, as has the Governor's counsel. Now it is up to Timothy Kaine to decide the fate of Kathryn Ingleson, who is about one week away from being deported to England. Ingelson committed a "300 crime" more than a decade ago. The fact that she used a credit card to buy Christmas gifts for her little boy makes her current appeal even more appealing - to some. Interestingly, her attorney is reported to be worried that "Governor Kaine is hesitating making a decision, either way, until presidential candidate Barack Obama makes his decision on a Vice President." See story here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ludacris Predicts Self-Pardon

Rap "singer" Ludacris (or Chris Bridges from Illinois) is enjoying massive publicity for the release of a new "song" which describes former Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton as an irrelevant "bitch" and states that Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator John McCain should only be in a "chair" if he becomes "paralyzed." Now that is art!The cynic might note the odds are considerably in favor of the notion that the former First Lady who gathered about 18 million votes in her bid for the presidency will be a more popular topic of discussion 60 or 70 years from now than Ludacris. And there is certainly a kind of hope to be admired - if not enjoyed - in that sort of cosmic justice. Along the way, the rapper also blurts:

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Holder and FALN Clemency

The Republican National Committee is now taking Eric Holder to task for his involvement in the FALN pardons. A press release says, in part:

... A list of FALN documents withheld from Congress shows that many memos on the FALN clemency decision went directly to Holder,while Reno's role was minimal." (Brian Blomquist, "Ailing Reno Yielding Reins Of Justice," New York Post, 12/15/99)

... "Although The New York Times reported that the FBI, Bureau of Prisons and U.S. state attorneys opposed clemency, Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department official most involved with this issue,reportedly supported clemency. 'Eric Holder told me he was recommending that,' a high-ranking official said. Ruff also supported clemency, sources said. Holder declined to comment." (Edward Lewine, "How Bill Chose Clemency," [New York] Daily News, 9/5/99)

... "The committee's documents show that Mr. Adams and Eric Holder, the Deputy Attorney General, met on Nov. 5, 1997, with Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, Democrat of Illinois, and Representatives Jose E. Serrano of the Bronx and Nydia M. Velazquez of Brooklyn, both Democrats, to discuss the case of the Puerto Rican inmates. According to Mr. Adams's notes, Mr. Holder told the members of Congress that because the prisoners had not applied themselves for clemency this could be taken that they were not repentant, and he suggested that a statement expressing some remorse might help.

In their testimony today, both Mr. Adams and Mr. Holder declined to answer several questions about how the clemency decision was reached, citing executive privilege. Both said, however, that the Justice Department had acted appropriately throughout the process." (Neil A. Lewis,"Records Show Puerto Ricans Got U.S. Help With Clemency," The New York Times, 10/21/99)
See full release here.

Monday, June 16, 2008

National Review Supports Holder (Kinda)

Over at National Review 's Campaign Spot, Jim Geraghty writes:

Around the blogosphere and web, I see considerable effort to argue that Eric Holder should depart Obama's vice-presidential selection team. I must heartily disagree. In fact, I think those on the right should be doing everything possible to make sure that Eric Holder has as large a role in the selection process as possible.

Why? I refer you to that first sentence of that 2001 Washington Post profile: "Eric older wishes he had focused for three minutes when he heard the name Marc Rich connected with the word pardon."

A guy who couldn't see political fallout from pardoning Marc Rich probably couldn't find beer in Ireland. If you're hoping for some sort of stumble when Obama selects his running mate... some sort of horrific scandal to surface that blindsides the Obama campaign... then Eric Holder is exactly the guy you want heading up the search ...

Touche. Remember all the big headlines that were generated when a supporter of Obama was said to supposedly support a presidential pardon for Scooter Libby? Then, when you read the piece, you realized, there was nothing like anything similar to sincere support for Libby. The hope was that Bush would grant the pardon and be condemned to Hell for it. Yes, those were some good times. Small toast to the folks at NR. They're always quite witty. See post here

Thursday, June 12, 2008

McCain: Holder and Marc Rich = Campaign Issue

Fox News reports Sen. John McCain is starting to get a little chatty about Eric Holder's work on the Obama VP selection team. Says McCain:


“I think it is a matter of record that Mr. Holder recommended the pardoning of Mr. (Marc) Rich. And all those things will be taken into consideration by the media and the American people, especially when you are entrusting individuals with one of the most important decisions that a presidential candidate can make before that individual is elected and that is who the running mate is.”
And to think, there are some who have been arguing that the pardon power would not be an issue in this campaign! Let's see, so far we have had:

1. Mike Huckabee pardoning everyone
2. Mitt Romney bragging about how he pardoned no one
3. Romney saying he would "seriouly consider" pardoning the border agents
4. Republican candidates being asked about Scooter Libby in debates
5. Obama criticizing the Libby commutation in stump speeches
6. Hillary Clinton being deeply disappointed by the Libby commutation
7. Giuliani being asked about a possible pardon for Bernard Kerik
8. Hillary Clinton knowing nothing at all about anything related to pardons
9. Mrs. Clinton receiving financial support from her husband's pardon recipients
10. Obama reminding Mrs. Clinton about her husband's Weather Underground pardons
11. Obama's spokesman promising no pardon for Rezko
12. And now ... Eric Holder and Marc Rich

And we still have the rest of the campaign, the last months of the president's term and Bush's final decision on Libby ahead! See Fox News story here.

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