Re: President commutes Libby's prison sentence
My personal belief on this whole "presidential pardon" thing is that it is devoid of any sort of check or balance. I'm sure the framers never intended for that portion of the Constitution to be exploited in the manner that Presidents have done so in increasing numbers.
It won't happen, but I'd suggest that there needs to be some sort of check to the system....i.e. the Supreme Court should have the right to review said pardons and deny them. Kind of like a presidential veto of a bill. If the President feels so strongly about a certain one of the pardons then he should have to argue for it in front of the court, or at least argue it in brief form. If he can sway the court that it's a just pardon, then it stands. This could be done in the form of a Constitutional Ammendment, so I'm sure it'll never happen.
But as has been said already......the American public has become numb to the increasing number of blatant abuses of power by this administration and to be honest this has been going on since FDR's new deal policies. But that's another topic for another day.