Thursday, February 14, 2008

Contempt

The House of Representatives voted to hold in contempt of Congress ex-counsel Harriet Miers and Chief of Staff Josh Bolten for stonewalling over the firing of US attorneys.

Predictably, the Republicans weren't happy about this, and played their favorite card: fear.

Lamar Smith (R, TX) said that "
...the Democratic majority cares more about...the personnel decisions of the White House than they do about promoting national security."

The "national security" issue Smith referred to is the update to FISA; you know, the one that lets the White House and the telecoms off the hook for their warrantless wiretapping.

The Republicans are in effect saying, "Don't worry about THOSE violations of law; hurry up and green light these OTHER violations of law."

They want unlimited power for the Executive (unless it's a Democrat, I'm guessing), and a free ride for Big Business. Not a surprise, really, from the party of the President who thinks of the Constitution as "just a piece of paper".

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