Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Cry if you want to

What exactly does it mean that Wednesday's vote of the House Judiciary Committee to recommend contempt of Congress citations against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and President Bush's former legal counselor, Harriet Miers, was a straight party-line vote? It means that somebody doesn't get it. Can it be that Republicans care less about the Constitutional separation of powers than Democrats? How could it be that Republicans still are willing to back Bush even when their political futures are at stake? Do they really want to go down with this guy? And what's the deal with the dispute between Congress and the president anyway? Executive privilege is not in the Constitution, it's not going to prevail. The White House and the Congress usually settle these questions anyway, because you never know, but nobody really thinks the president has the right to prevent people who have been subpoenaed from testifying. How could that possibly be true?

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