Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Signs of the Coming Repug Apocalypse

After not bothering to swear Alberto Gonzales to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, Sen. Specter got a little upset with the AG for not telling much of any truth at all:
To his credit, Mr. Specter pressed the attorney general hard on a legal position that, he said, "just defies logic and plain English." Mr. Specter forcefully pointed out that this isn't just an issue of public relations, but of the bedrock democratic principle of checks and balances.

Then he should have stopped down the proceedings and put the guy under oath so he couldn't play those little games anymore. Specter is not totally owned, as he apparently has enough conscience to not bend over at such disrespect for the laws, logic, and plain English.

But even Bush loyalists on the Senate panel seemed at least faintly troubled.


One hopeful sign of nonpartisan sanity came from the House yesterday. Representative Heather Wilson, the New Mexico Republican who heads the subcommittee that supervises the National Security Agency, told The Times that she had "serious concerns" about the spying and wanted a full investigation.

Sen. Lindsey Graham:
Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said he "never envisioned that I was giving to this president or any other president the ability to go around FISA carte blanche."

"In all honesty," Mr. Graham told Mr. Gonzales, "this statutory-force-resolution argument that you're making is very dangerous in terms of its application for the future." An expansive reading of the 2001
resolution, Mr. Graham said, may make it "harder for the next president to get a force resolution if we take this too far."

And Rove coming out of the shadows to blatantly bribe Senators to protect Preznit Stoopid from impeachment shows just how close the WH is to a retribution enema. But he can only forestall the inevitable.

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