After repeatedly telling Cheney his mind was made up, Bush became so exasperated with Cheney's persistence he told aides he didn't want to discuss the matter any further.And just as suddenly I'm left scratching my noggin. So why didn't Dubya pardon Scooter Libby? The guess here is The Decider resented his #2 for taking the precipitant action of outing Valerie Plame without consulting him first, and causing as much a serious shit-storm as Dubya's people had to handle.
The unsuccessful full-court press left Cheney bitter. "He's furious with Bush," a Cheney source told The News. "He's really angry about it and decided he's going to say what he believes."
As for Cheney's consternation, Bush only commuted Libby's 30-month sentence, which translated into a get out of jail free. Without a full pardon, however, Libby is disbarred and cannot now practice law. Ach! -- the price one pays for being convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice.
Oh well, he can still go back to writing schlock novels or bad poetry to Judy Miller.