Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Reid/Pelosi And Bipartisan "Leadership"

Whatever happened to the "constitutional crisis" of the fired U.S. Attorney's? What became of those contempt charges? Apparently, nothing.

In the wake of that brazen contempt for Congress, all sorts of melodramatic denunciations and bold threats issued from Democratic leaders in Congress:

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) called it "an outrageous abuse of executive privilege" and said: "The White House must stop stonewalling and start being accountable to Congress and the American people. No one, including the president, is above the law."

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) said the administration is "hastening a constitutional crisis," and Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) said the position "makes a mockery of the ideal that no one is above the law."

Wow; those are tough words: "hastening a constitutional crisis." "The White House must stop stonewalling." "No one, including the president, is above the law."
And with the FISA debate resurfacing Thursday, what kind of leadership can we expect? None. TPM:
The Senate will have two choices when debate begins this Thursday: the Senate intelligence committee's version, which would grant retroactive immunity for the telecoms that participated in the administration's warrantless wiretapping program, or the Senate Judiciary Committee's version, which would not. Although Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) himself opposes retroactive immunity, he struck a deal with the two committee chairmen to hold a vote first on the intelligence committee's version, and then have a vote on Leahy's version as an amendment. Civil liberty advocates say that move slants the debate in favor of a bill with immunity.
Why all of this capitulation to the Republicans, Telco's, and the President? Because fighting would "step on their message" of bipartisan unity.

Kumba-freakin'-ya, folks.

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