On Thursday, July 5, on NBC’s “Today” show, former Vice President Al Gore declared that he found the Bush decision to erase the prison sentence of Lewis (Scooter) Libby “disappointing.”
He went on to say, reported the AP, that he did not think this was comparable to the pardons by President Bill Clinton.
“It’s different, because in this case the person involved is charged with activities that involved knowledge of what his superiors in the White House did,” he said.
The Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 2000 expressed his “disappointment” that Scooter Libby was not sent to prison on the day after police in Orange County, Calif., arrested a 24 year-old male, who they charged with driving a Toyota 100 miles an hour on a freeway at 2:15 a.m.
The deputy sheriffs who arrested this very early July Fourth speeder said they smelled marijuana, which they discovered when they searched his car.
They also allegedly found a number of drugs, for which this alleged speeder had no prescription: Xanax, Valium, Vicodin and Adderall, reported the AP.
Then, police found that this young speeder, whose vehicle resembled a drug store, has a police record. There was a suspected drunk driving arrest in 2002. In 2003, there was another marijuana arrest.
This allegedly repeatedly dangerous driver carrying alleged drugs at very a high speed was jailed in Santa Ana California’s Inmate Reception Center. But after 12 hours, he was released on $20,000 bail.
This made national news, reported in both of Washington’s daily newspapers, because his name is Al Gore III, son of the former U.S. senator, vice president and Democratic nominee for “our nation’s chief law enforcement” officer.
If young Gore is found guilty of this third-on-his-record alleged lawbreaking, the driving at 100 miles an hour while using pot and transporting a small drug store must beg the question: Did Scooter Libby do anything as potentially dangerous to his fellow citizens as Al Gore the Third? (At the White House, Tony Snow declined comment when asked about this.)
Suppose young Gore is merely fined and put on probation for all this – as a third-time offender? Can we possibly expect from a legion of Democrats (including furious questioners of Tony Snow at White House press briefings) any such outrage as came from the Libby decision of President Bush?
Or will a no-jail-term-for-young-Gore-the-repeat-offender evoke as much Old Big Media silence, or minor concern, as the no-prison decisions for Democrat criminals Sandy Berger, Marion Barry, Bill Clinton and Marc Rich?
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