Tuesday, March 27, 2007

If it does not fit, you must acquit

According to David Broder:

For the first six years of the Bush administration, these aides were allowed free rein to carry out whatever policy or political assignment they wished — or supposed that the president wanted done. A Congress under firm Republican control was somnolent when it came to oversight of the executive branch. No Republican committee chairman wanted to turn over rocks in a Republican administration.

You have to feel a twinge of sympathy now for the Bush appointees who suddenly find unsympathetic Democratic chairmen such as Henry Waxman, John Conyers, Patrick Leahy and Carl Levin investigating their cases. Even if those appointees are scrupulously careful about their actions now, who knows what subpoenas for the memos and e-mails in their files will reveal about the past?

They will pay the price for the temporary breakdown in the system of checks and balances that occurred between 2001 and this year — when the Republican Congress forgot its responsibility to hold the executive branch accountable.

It was a fundamental dereliction of duty by Congress, and it probably did more to encourage bad decisions and harmful actions by executive branch political appointees than the much-touted lobbying influence. In reality, many Republican members of Congress did not mind what was happening because they were able to get favors done in that permissive climate. Now, the Democratic investigators will publicize instances of influence by members of Congress, and the political fallout will not stop with New Mexico’s Pete Domenici and Heather Wilson.

So, in addition to the Chewbacca defense, we now have the Ross and Rachel Defense:

HENRY WAXMAN: So, Mr. Rove -- you fired all these U.S. Attorneys simply because they were prosecuting too many corrupt Republicans, and not enough innocent Democrats?

KARL ROVE: We were on a break!


At 7:53 PM, Blogger AaA said...

What bugs me is the end of his article, where he admonishes the Dems to basically 'quit fiddling around investigating the 'Pubs' and pass some legislation'.

Fuck that. New laws can wait until Bush & Co. are raked over the coals for flouting the ones we already have. Well, to a degree, anyway. I mean sure, run the country too, but make nailing them bastards to the wall job one.

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Highlander said...


In reference to your point, check this out.I think you'll like it.

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: "... between 2001 and this year — when the Republican Congress forgot its responsibility..."


My ass!

They didn't forget --- they ignored, they complied with the WH, they are sycophants

At 10:06 PM, Blogger AaA said...

Thanks, Glen Greenwald is now on my favorites list.

Broder is a typical PoS psuedo-journalist Bushlicker.

At 8:02 AM, Blogger Highlander said...

Broder is a typical PoS psuedo-journalist Bushlicker.

Nah. Brodie just thinks he's being 'fair' to the Republicans -- you know -- "The Republicans have erred, yes, they have, and it is tragic, but we must understand the environment they labored in, and how we have shortchanged them with our low expectations, and ultimately, we must forgive, for that is the Christian and compassionate thing to do, and, after all, it's not like they got a blowjob in the Oval Office or anything, just, you know, in limos from prostitutes, some of whom may have been male, which isn't the same thing at all."

Or something like that.

They didn't forget --- they ignored, they complied with the WH, they are sycophants

Yes, but, once again, they didn't get a blowjob in the Oval Office, or lie to Congress about it, so, we can forgive them for all their minor little transgressions like, you know, killing a few hundred thousand wogs in a distant land, and stealing a few billion dollars of our money, and like that. Boys will be boys. The past is a bucket of ashes. Forgive and forget. Let's build a bridge to the 21st Century together. Bi-partisanship is the new watchword! Every man deserves a second chance. Legislate, don't investigate! FUUUUUUUCK!!! I don't wanna go to jail I don't wanna go to jail I don't wanna go to jail pleeeeeeeeze don't put me in jail...!

At 6:01 PM, Blogger Opus P. Penguin said...

Please, for the good of our civilization, can "blowjob in the oval office" please be banned from the lexicon?

I promise, if everyone stops putting these bytes into the cybersphere, I will no longer nag Highlander when he brings up instances of the double standard in the media between treatment of Dems versus Repubs.

They're all the same anyway.

Bring on that third party candidate!

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Highlander said...

Er... can I say "gobbled in the Oval Office"? ;)

At 10:41 PM, Blogger AaA said...

I, uh, I thought it was being called the Oral Office since then?


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