Bush: What Question?

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Bush Administration, The Constitution

Think Progress has transcript and video of President Bush refusing to answer a direct question about whether he ordered the night visit to John Ashcroft’s hospital room. Then he then dredged up a mass of old and mostly debunked talking points (e.g., that Congress was “fully briefed”) to defend the blatantly unconstitutional program.

Just look to see how pathetic it is.

Atrios:

Back in those happy days in the 90s, if Clinton had refused to answer a question like this a shitstorm would’ve erupted. Ted Koppel would’ve put up a “17 days and still no answer” clock. Tweety would have had 37 blond conservative lawyers on every night to demand “accountability.” etc… etc…

See also Digby.

Glenn Greenwald:

James Comey’s testimony amounts to a statement that — even according to the administration’s own loyal DOJ officials — the President ordered still-unknown spying on Americans, and engaged in that spying for a full two-and-a-half-years, that was so blatantly and shockingly illegal that they were all ready to resign over it. And the President’s Attorney General then lied to ensure that this episode remain concealed. Mere one-day calls for a Congressional investigation are woefully inadequate here.

There is clear and definitive evidence of deliberate lawbreaking. In addition to Congressional investigations, there is simply no excuse for anything other than the immediate commencement of a criminal investigation by a Special Prosecutor. And the administration ought to be pressured every day to account for what it did here. This is not a one-day or one-week fleeting scandal. These revelations amount to the most transparent and deliberate crimes — felonies — by our top government officials, not with regard to private and personal matters but with regard to how our government spies on us.

We’ve gone way past asking if Bush has done anything illegal enough to deserve impeachment. Seems to me we’ve got a whole smorgasbord of criminal activities to choose from. However, even if we could get a vote of impeachment in the House, it would be a waste of time if we can’t get a conviction in the Senate. And that requires a two-thirds vote. That would be about 16 more votes than there are Democrats in the Senate. And we can kiss off Lieberman. We aren’t there yet.

And then, of course, there’s the Cheney problem.

This morning I wrote that too many people were focusing on what Alberto Gonzales did wrong instead of the fact that Gonzo doesn’t sneeze until Bush tells him too.

Fred Hiatt’s editorial in today’s Washington Post is a little stronger than yesterday’s, which focused almost exclusively on Gonzales. Hiatt seems to be waking up to the reality that some seriously screwed up shit is going on in the White House. But he’s still not acknowledging that Alberto Gonazles and Andy Card wouldn’t have made the night ride to John Ashcroft’s hospital unless they knew the Boss wanted it done.

Christopher Dodd and other Dem senators want a vote of no confidence in Gonzales from the Senate. Apparently a number of Republicans might go along with this. I don’t disagree, but I don’t think the Senate can force Gonzales out. I’m not sure that, by itself, it would have any effect. I don’t think the Senate can order Gonzales to resign. However, anything that further isolates Bush from everyone else in Washington, including Republicans, is a step in the right direction.

[Update: I just heard Wolfowitz finally resigned from the World Bank. About time. Andrea Mitchell is on MSNBC right now saying that the White House was forced to go along. I may have more to say about this later.]

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  1. Swami  •  May 17, 2007 @8:49 pm

    Bush’s dodging only infuriates. He answered the question in the afirmative whether he thinks he got over or not. One thing for sure…Bush didn’t display qualities that would be recognized as leadership qualities.

  2. Aaron  •  May 17, 2007 @9:49 pm

    He’s a little more slippery than most give him credit for.

  3. nabalzbbfr  •  May 17, 2007 @10:19 pm

    This is a tempest in a teapot. Americans are sick and tired of the leftist media flogging this nonstory ad nauseandum.

  4. moonbat  •  May 17, 2007 @11:37 pm

    Poll: 36 % say Gonzales should resign, 2/3 don’t believe him. And this was reported back on April 19, well before the latest revelations.

    …Americans are sick and tired of the leftist media…

    Americans are sick and tired of right wing lies and their stupid cliches, their corruption, and their excuses for not thinking.

  5. No More Mr. Nice Guy!  •  May 18, 2007 @1:17 am

    Nabal’s best boyfriend: you are an idiot. Nobody cares what you say here. Go and mindlessly regurgitate your Karl Rove talking points somewhere else.

  6. Zeus  •  May 18, 2007 @3:06 am

    Americans are sick and tired of the leftist media flogging this nonstory ad nauseandum.

    naba – which Americans? and what nonstory?

    ‘hide your head in the sand little boy’

  7. maha  •  May 18, 2007 @5:17 am

    Now, now, folks; nabalzbbfr is harmless. I can ban him if he really bothers people, but I find him mildly amusing.

  8. Swami  •  May 18, 2007 @9:25 am

    Maha, you do realize that nabalzbbfr is a troll. I did a google search and found that several of his comments here were cut and pasted on at least five different lefty sites. He might be amusing, but his sincerity in participation in this blog leaves the question as to whether he’s harmless or not up for grabs. As you can see he does draw a response from your commenter by the provocative nature of his posts, but what’s harder to see is the effect he has on the quality of the comments.

  9. moonbat  •  May 18, 2007 @8:09 pm

    Swami (#9): yes, but Maha (#8) is right: nabal* is amusing. There is a certain kind of troll who likes to get on a thread, get into character, and playfully argue against the thread simply to get everyone riled. Arguing for the sake of arguing, in other words. I first thought nabal* was of this rare, playful kind, but I’m now thinking s/he’s actually attached to his little viewpoint.

    Because nabal* apparently isn’t too bright, it’s an open question who is having more fun, nabal* or the thread. Who is playing with whom, in other words. I’m certain that once nabal* becomes tedious, our hostess will show him the door.

  10. Zeus  •  May 19, 2007 @3:44 am

    I don’t advocate anyone being banned simply for having an alternative view, especially since it has happened to me. I’ve mentioned here before that I mysteriously found myself unable to log in to hotair. Since I had done nothing wrong, I can only assume it was because I expressed opposing views to those of the hosts and their like-minded followers.

    I do think that there is a fine line though – sites that don’t allow opposing views can be boring, and sites that allow anyone and everyone often seem to exist solely to see who can prove themselves to be the most ignorant.

    I find this site to be, excuse me for this, ‘fair and balanced’. The ‘fair’ is provided by maha, and the ‘balance’ is determined by those of opposing views that choose to leave their comments.

    Personally, I enjoy reading comments from people like nabal. And I sometimes equally enjoy responding to them. I don’t go looking for places like hotair anymore. I’m just as happy to let them come to sites that I really enjoy.

  11. Bonnie  •  May 19, 2007 @2:13 pm

    As was stated in an early entry on this blog, time is on the side of the enemy. In this case, the enemy is the Bush Administration. Without any one in this administration being held accountable for their crmes against the American people, it will set a precedent that such behavior is acceoptable. The country will suffer for its acceptance of this criminal behavior. It will prove that our system of checks and balances doesn’t work.

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