March 29, 2007

con job

Other people have already pointed out the tortured logic here, but I can't resist...

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday dismissed any comparison between the firing last fall of eight U.S. attorneys with the replacement of 93 U.S. attorneys when her husband became president in 1993.

"That's a traditional prerogative of an incoming president," Clinton said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Once U.S. attorneys are confirmed, they should be given broad latitude to enforce the law as they see fit, she said.

"I think one of the hallmarks of our democracy is we have a devotion to the rule of law," Clinton said.

She conceded that should she win the presidency in 2008, she likely would replace all of the U.S. attorneys appointed by President Bush. She said that's merely following traditions in which presidents appoint prosecutors of their own party.

Clinton argued that the Bush administration's firing of the eight federal prosecutors has caused an uproar because it is seen as a conservative push to shift the balance of power in favor of the executive branch....

When Bill fired 93 US Attorneys, that's "tradition." (He only did it because he loved tradition, because he did not want to look like a Jacobin, tearing down the work of ages.)

On the other hand, when Bush fires eight of his own appointees, that's an illicit power grab! And somehow—I guess I'm too stupid to grasp these subtleties—somehow the Executive Branch's replacing eight Executive Branch people with eight other people will "shift the balance of power in favor of the executive branch." Damn tricky, that man Bush.

Me, I wish Bush were firing people more often. We elected him to run the government, and you don't do that by being a jellyfish.

Of course the very fact that one has to point out these things, which should be obvious, is a kind of victory for the Dems. Republicans are somehow forced onto the defensive for doing what they are in fact supposed to do. That's the bad news. The good news is that, once again, we see that the Democrats have no positive agenda or ideals or program to present. Nothing but complaints. I still have left some shreds of faith that eventually it will dawn on the American people that they are being conned.

Posted by John Weidner at March 29, 2007 2:28 PM
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