Republicans and their media courtesans are aghast that their nice friend I Lewis "Scooter" Libby would be sentenced to jail for lying to federal investigators and blocking their investigation.
Many people point to the Republican hypocrisy in calling for Clinton's impeachment when Clinton was never even convicted of perjury or anything else, yet excusing what Bush pere called "the most insidious of traitors". Libby was convicted in the same legal system we all use, but must not suffer the same consequences (lest he sing).
For years Republicans have pandered their way to office by ratcheting up prison sentences across the board. Their answer was "longer sentences" no matter what the criminal justice problem.
Now, one of their own is caught up in their own prescription and they simply find it too horrid to endure.
Hypocrites can be very annoying to live with.