Friday, July 20, 2007

Nothing more to say:

In a story about the Bush adminstration claim that executive privilege prohibits the Justice Department following up on certain contempt charges, one supporter had this to say: (emp add)
David B. Rifkin, who worked in the Justice Department and White House counsel's office under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, praised the position and said it is consistent with the idea of a "unitary executive." In practical terms, he said, "U.S. attorneys are emanations of a president's will." And in constitutional terms, he said, "the president has decided, by virtue of invoking executive privilege, that is the correct policy for the entire executive branch."
Unitary, whatever. It's pure authoritarianism. What's odd is the incredible short sightedness of it all. Are these defenders of Bush going to let a Democratic president have all that power? They are setting the stage.

This WaPo story has triggered a lot of comments on their website. This story might have legs.


I guess all I can say is "We get the government we deserve."

By Blogger Sandy-LA 90034, at 7/20/2007 7:43 AM  

What, no penumbra?

-Elton B.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/20/2007 4:08 PM  

What the flyin' F***?

I'm sure they are using the 1b definition.

Main Entry: em·a·na·tion

1 a : the action of emanating b : the origination of the world by a series of hierarchically descending radiations from the Godhead through intermediate stages to matter

By Blogger Zappatero, at 7/21/2007 8:51 PM  

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