Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Cue David Gregory...

I want somebody to ask Brer Tony about this:
Tony Snow - Op-Ed - St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 29, 1998 :
"Executive Privilege is a Dodge"


...Evidently, Mr. Clinton wants to shield virtually any communications that take place within the White House compound on the theory that all such talk contributes in some way, shape or form to the continuing success and harmony of an administration. Taken to its logical extreme, that position would make it impossible for citizens to hold a chief executive accountable for anything. He would have a constitutional right to cover up.

Chances are that the courts will hurl such a claim out, but it will take time.

One gets the impression that Team Clinton values its survival more than most people want justice and thus will delay without qualm. But as the clock ticks, the public's faith in Mr. Clinton will ebb away for a simple reason: Most of us want no part of a president who is cynical enough to use the majesty of his office to evade the one thing he is sworn to uphold -- the rule of law.

All the usual loudmouths shouting from the other side of the fence have statements like that on the record from the Clinton Era, but Snow is the only one in the unique position of facing reporters and working for a boss pulling the same "dodge."

[via Glenn Greenwald. Read the whole thing, he breaks down the legalese better than most.]

3 comments:

Mike said...

I thought it was a Ford. Or a Mercury.

Snow is the White House Press Sect'y. That is synomymous for "professional, full-time liar."

Toast said...

I have an idea for something the Dems could do over the next two years: The Great Hypocrisy Trials.

Imagine if someone systematically sat down all the bad actors on the right and confronted them with their own words -- words which contradict whatever the hell it is they're currently claiming.

Of course, two years might not be enough to get it done...

Mr Furious said...

In two years you might knock off Gingrich. Maybe Guiliani as well. No way is that enough time for McCain, too.

The whole lot of 'em? We'll be driving water-powered cars sooner.