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December 25, 2008

Some media and blogosphere buzzing about Bush's pardon snafu

Not surprisingly, the media and the blogosphere are abuzz concerning President Bush's decision to grant, and then seek to retract, a pardon for Isaac Robert Toussie, the Brooklyn real estate developer who bilked small homeowners and dad who has been good to the GOP.  There is so much worth saying about this story, and here is some of the best of what is already being said.

In the traditional media:

  • From the AP here, "Coal for Christmas: Brooklyn man's pardon revoked"
  • From Bloomberg here, "Bush Withdraws Pardon After Learning of Contribution"
  • From the New York Times here, "Missing Words Suggest Path to a Pardon"
  • From the Washington Post here, "Bush Revokes Pardon Of GOP Donors' Relative"

Around the blogosphere:

  • From Concurring Opinion here, "President Bush Revokes Pardon of Isaac Toussie"
  • From Discourse.net here, "Bush 'Revokes' A Pardon (When Do Pardons Vest?)"
  • From the Huffington Post, "Rove Fingerprints On Bush's Pardon Reversal?"
  • From the Pardon Power here, "On the Revocation of Pardons" and here "The President: Pardons, Language, Spin and ... "

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Digby nails it:

"In case anyone's wondering why Bush retracted the pardon... it's not because he had an attack of conscience or even because it looks bad politically to pardon a mortgage scammer."

"It's sadly because the pardon would have made it harder for the Republicans to tank Eric Holder's nomination on the basis of the Marc Rich pardon. One of their most substantial hissy fits was that that Holder signed off on it when it hadn't gone through proper channels (something that was not unprecedented then either.) It turns out that this Bush pardon was granted under similar circumstances."


Posted by: dm | Dec 25, 2008 8:58:51 PM

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