The Great Wanker Debate
While I find Digby’s logic regarding a pardon of Libby quite compelling (it seems unlikely that Bush will pay much of a price for a pardon, and it would probably even improve his standing with the true believers), I have to agree with Ezra and Matt that Bauer’s counter-argument isn’t absurd on its face, and in particular that it doesn’t represent a “let’s take it easy” position on Libby. Frankly, I wouldn’t give the bones of a Pomeranian grenadier to see Libby in jail, except insofar that it embarasses the Bush administration and helps the Democrats. If I believed that pardoning Libby would hurt the President, I’d be as vocally pro-pardon as Bill Kristol.
…that said, “Wanker of the Day” belongs to Atrios, and he can thus dub whomever he likes.
UPDATE (BY SL): My take is here. I take no position on whether this rises to the level of wankerdom, but Bauer is pretty clearly wrong on the merits.