Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Bring It On

Welly, well, well.

On the fourth anniversary of his illegitimate war, the grizzled old crank celebrates by declaring war on Congress and our Constitution. His Royal Petulance has drawn the battle lines like a latter day Nixon, but just like Nixon he's going to end up with a very small constituency of wingnuts. After all, the fired Federal Prosecutors were Republicans. With these crooks in the White House, no honest public servant is safe.

Stay tough, Dems.


“The time for slippery explanations is over,” Mrs. Feinstein said Tuesday, after the Senate voted 94 to 2 to repeal the Patriot Act provision. “We don’t intend to stop now. We intend to flesh out who did what, when and why.”

"After telling a bunch of different stories about why they fired the U.S. Attorneys, the Bush administration is not entitled to the benefit of the doubt. Congress and the American people deserve a straight answer. If Karl Rove plans to tell the truth, he has nothing to fear from being under oath like any other witness."

A good start is that the Senate has already stripped the Attorney General's midnight-inserted-into-Patriot-Act powers to appoint Federal Prosecutors without Senate approval.

Now El Presidente is offering closed door, no transcript, no oath meetings with Congress.

What he wants is license to lie. Just like his press conference today, the crank can't open his goddamn mouth without lying. Nixon must be whirling in his grave.

Turns out there's another whole Watergate-like slant to this -- just like the infamous 18-minute gap in Nixon's tape recordings:

In DOJ documents that were publicly posted by the House Judiciary Committee, there is a gap from mid-November to early December in e-mails and other memos, which was a critical period as the White House and Justice Department reviewed, then approved, which U.S. attorneys would be fired while also developing a political and communications strategy for countering any fallout from the firings.

As Kos says,

Expect the phrases "constitutional crisis", "impeachment", and "inherent contempt" to start making the rounds.

This is it, folks, showtime. And if you want to know how arrogant these bastards are, check out Karl Rove in Kansas City today:

Besides his considerable security contingent, the chief executive was accompanied by Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Press Secretary Tony Snow.

A reporter approached Rove to ask him what he thought of rumors that former Missouri Sen. Jack Danforth could replace embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. “How about you go over there and do your job,” Rove replied, pointed back to the media pool.

Here's a Hardball report that ties many of the pieces in this octopus-like criminal conspiracy together. It's hard to keep it all in your head at one time.

My biggest fear is that if we don't pressure our legislative leaders to press this all the way, if there are no thorough investigations or penalties no matter how hard El Presidente and his henchmen stonewall, the USA will end up rotted out from the inside with institutionalized corruption just like the USSR before their fall.

Impeachment of the Bush, Cheney, Rove and Gonzales would be a nice start.

But pretty soon, the only thing that'll satisfy our democracy may be jailtime.


Anonymous said...

Nice post.

The 18-day email gap is too perfect for words. As I wrote last night, this is starting to parallel watergate in really eerie ways, although i guess not really a surprise since the prime movers in this admin are/were Cheney, Rummy, and Rove, who all provide a direct link to that inglorious time.

As such, it may be time to ask: who will be GWB's deep throat?

My guess is it will be someone who's a cog in the extortion / money laudering / bribery / weapons procurement nexus of the K street project, since that's been both fulcrum and lever for the operations of the entire Republican Crime Syndicate over the past 12 years.

When you see a House/Senate committee begin to subpoena personal bank records of, say, Norquist, it'll be time to break out the party hats and dance tapes.


Mark Netter said...

There's not going to be an instant gratification on this. The Dems are doing the smart, slow move-by-move. Bush could have killed it all by opening up and allowing testimony, but since he won't we can only assume the worst. The guilty, in this case, would have nothing to hide. He also won't allow removal of his buffers/loyal henchmen. Without Rove and, to some degree, Gonzales, he's got nothing.

Anonymous said...

Exactly as w/ Nixon -- once Mitchell & Haldeman were gone, his only frined was the duplicitous & treacherous Henry the K.

If Rove/Cheney/Gonzales get bounced all Georgie will have left are the voices in his head that he mistakenly believes are God.