It must be weird for Dean, living through this same conflict all over again. This is ultimately why I think that Cheney needs to hang for treason- if he doesn’t, every 30 years or so, we’re going to have to go through the same bullshit all over again.
If Libby had been acting on his own behalf, a pardon would present no problem; Bush and Cheney could feel it was the humanitarian thing to do, given his long service to the government. However, no one I know believes Libby was acting simply for himself, nor does the evidence suggest it.
Let’s suppose, instead, that Libby was doing Cheney’s bidding, and that Cheney was deeply involved in both Libby’s leak of Valerie Plame’s CIA status and the lies Libby subsequently concocted to deflect attention away from the Vice President. If so, then there was a conspiracy to obstruct justice – and if Cheney should go to Bush and request that he pardon Libby, he would be furthering that conspiracy. No wonder then, that Special Counsel Fitzgerald remarked during the Libby trial that there was “a cloud” over the Vice President.