Hillary Clinton says barrier ``appropriate'' on parts of borders
"A barrier at parts of U.S. borders is 'obviously important' as part of dealing with illegal immigration, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said." - story
And in 2008, people on the left will have to get their gag reflex under control when being told that Hilary is sure better than the Republican candidate. Sure.
Guide to Political Scandals under GW Bush
1. The President is caught breaking the law.
2. The left-wing blogosphere (aka the left-wing echo chamber) erupts.
3. A second-class White House minion is sent out to explain that the President has the right to break the law because he is the President. That's not what the minion will actually say, but that's what is meant by what s/he says.
4. It's easy to find some legal hack who agrees with the White House, for example the guy who argued that there's no problem with torturing people if they're foreigners.
5. Republicans in Congress agree with the White House and assert that anybody who questions the President during the time of war is a traitor. The right-wing blogosphere (aka the right-wing echo chamber) picks this up, and its major proponents (people who would have made an excellent career in Nazi Germany) assert that traitors will have to be dealt with.
6. The presumed semi-independent chair of the Senate's Judiciary Committee, Arlen Specter, promises an investigation (where the panel, of course, has a majority of Republicans), which finds that the laws have to be changed so the President doesn't have to break them any longer. Meanwhile, actual constitutional experts are writing very detailed explanations why the President is not allowed to break the law, but nobody cares since American Idol is on, and nobody knows when Brad and Angelina will get married.
7. Democrats hide under their desks - just like in the Seinfeld episode, they have beds installed under their desks, so nobody can find them. Nominally, Democrats are what people in other countries call "the opposition"
8. At this stage, some other case will be reported where the President broke the law
9. go back to 1 and proceed from there
Optional, somewhere in between:
x. The New York Times writes a lengthy article on page P456, which contains all the fact and which makes it quite clear that the law was broken, that the President must not break the law etc., and that some legal hacks (who nobody takes all that seriously) disagree, all that under the headline "For some, breaking the law is a problem"
y. Maybe a single Democrat Senator (think Russ Feingold) will maybe ask for censure (in theory, breaking the law is an impeachable offense, but since there are elections coming up etc etc etc...).
z. The Army launches operation "Break The Will of the Evildoers" somewhere in the Iraqi desert, which - needless to say - is a huge success, since there weren't any rebels there in the first place. An Army spokesperson exlains that "we must have caught them by surprise since we met very little resistence".
Libby Says Bush Authorized Leaks
"Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff has testified that President Bush authorized him to disclose the contents of a highly classified intelligence assessment to the media to defend the Bush administration's decision to go to war with Iraq, according to papers filed in federal court on Wednesday by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the CIA leak case." - story
I just can't wait to see Democrats hiding under their desks again to avoid being asked why they don't support impeachment of a President who breaks the laws left and right.
Institutionalized Corruption: Blackwell reports embarrassing buy of Diebold stock
"Columbus [Ohio] - Secretary of State Ken Blackwell made an embarrassing announcement Monday: He accidentally
bought stock in Diebold Inc., a voting machine maker that benefited from decisions made by his office." (story
, my emphasis) Accidentally? Or did the tooth fairy bring the stocks? Maybe the press thinks we're all completely stupid? And why not mention that Blackwell (for his buddy the President) benefitted from Diebold's rigging of voting machines?
On Censure, Democrats Wait for Godot
"While the discussion of the proposed censure of President Bush has largely focused on the Democrats' hesitance to take a position, today's debate actually reveals failures by Congressional leaders in both political parties. Republicans refuse to investigate their President's misconduct while Democrats keep waiting for Godot, hoping for investigations that will never happen." - story
Institutionalizing Corruption: The Senate's Lobby "Reform"
"the Senate passed - by an unsurprisingly huge margin - a bill called the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2006. The vote was 90-8, which the opposition coming for the most part from senators who felt the legislation did not go far enough (McCain, Obama, Kerry, Feingold, Graham, Coburn). Senators DeMint and Inhofe also voted against final passage." - story
Hillary the Hawk
"Eager to overcome her reputation as the leader of the party’s left wing, Hillary is 'repositioning' herself, in modern parlance, as a 'centrist,' i.e. a complete opportunist." - story