Sunday, July 8, 2007

Some serious chutzpah

Congressional Democrats have directed the Bush administration to provide by tomorrow a series of documents relating to the politically-motivated firing of a raft of U.S. Attorneys, or, at the very least, a list of the documents the administration says is protected by executive privilege. "Not only are we not going to give you the documents," they seem to say, "but we're not going to tell you which ones we're claiming are protected. Go fuck yourself."

This attitude, of course, is typical of the Bush administration. But seriously, guys: at least a head fake toward the rule of law wouldn't be totally out of line. These guys have interpreted Article II, Section 1 to mean they can do whatever the hell they want to do, from letting oil and gas companies write the country's energy policy, to torturing detainees at Gitmo, to doing an end-run around what's left of the checks and balances after seven long years.

In the latest manifestation of legal prestidigitation Whack-a-Mole, it looks like the issue is headed to the courts. I don't have very high hopes for a good resolution coming from Roberts and company. At this point, it's a waiting game.

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