Wednesday, July 11, 2007


I admit I am a little conflicted about all of the investigation in the capitol. It's not that I don't think it is warranted, but I'm just not sure how much good it is doing or whether it will ever amount to anything. I'd hate to think all of this goes on and the ultimate outcome is that the Democrats just wasted time they could have used to put important issues before the American public.

But then I see an account like the one today of Sara Taylor testifying before a Senate committee. If you read something like this account and can't be angered by the blatant contempt for our laws and institutions, then you should probably read it again. Here is a pretty good representation of the whole story.

Taylor's slippery definition of what comes under the Fielding doctrine and what doesn't is a migraine waiting to happen. Seemingly, love songs to the wonders of the ex-interim U.S. attorney from Arkansas, Tim Griffin, are not
privileged (he was an "exceptionally well-qualified candidate"), but the origins of the plan to fire U.S. attorneys are off limits. Complaints about the ousted U.S. attorney from New Mexico, David Iglesias, are not privileged, but the number of calls she received from people in political positions with complaints is privileged. Then it isn't. Composition of the White House Judicial Selection Committee? Privileged. Her opinion that there was "absolutely no wrongdoing done by anybody in the White House"? Not privileged.

Contempt of Congress? How about contempt for everyone?

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