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Cheney forgets that Congress is elected

He would. Cheney's pasty, bloating, undead body speaks:

"It's time the self-appointed strategists on Capitol Hill understood a very simple concept: You cannot win a war if you tell the enemy you're going to quit,"

If I remember my high school civics correctly, Congress is elected, not appointed. And this Congress was elected to end Cheney's delusional war in Iraq. Read below the fold...

Has it occurred to anyone to say that Bush has turned the entire Justice department into a Ratfucking operation?

Josh was way, way too deferential when he said this:

Bush administration appointees at DOJ have been using their enforcement powers to shift election outcomes.

In the vulgate: ratfucking.

Nixon was such a piker. There really is no limit with these guys, is there? Read below the fold...

Tool time with Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell is a tool. An authoritarian:

"[McCONNELL] What I can tell you at the moment is that he enjoys the support of the president, for whom he works," he said.

Er, Mitch--if I may call you Mitch--that's not quite right. And I know this is high school civics stuff, but work with me here, OK?

We don't live in an authoritarian system where The Leader simply selects those who will do him fealty and carry out his Leaderly commands. Read below the fold...

I got a call from Lord Kos

And he's changing His site's color from orange to green. So, stop saying "Big Orange" and start saying "Big Green"!

Why the change?

Since Al Gore's announcement today on Press the Meat that he's running for President on the Green ticket, Lord Kos felt that would be a suitable honor, and an implicit endorsement.

And the good news you've all been waiting to hear: Ralph Nader will be running again, but this time as Al Gore's Vice.

Readers, thoughts? Read below the fold...

From the Department of Oh, Now You're Sorry

Not that being sorry goes very far. One-time Democrat turned polarizing pollster Matthew Dowd shares his feelings in the Times:

“[DOWD] I really like him, which is probably why I’m so disappointed in things....”

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On "substance"

The new WaPo layout sucks even worse than Fred Hiatt does

Tell them so.

As one reader commented: "If I want white space, I'll go to an art gallery."

Jeebus, you'd almost think they want to make it hard to find the news, or something. Read below the fold...

NPR is teh suck

This morning on Weekend Edition, Daniel Schorr (sigh) framed the issue of the fired U.S. attorneys using the "Justice Department in disarray" trope. Unfortunately, the real issue, as Josh puts it, is that the administration has been using the criminal justice system to affect election outcomes. Schorr then characterized Monica Goodling taking the Fifth as "weird," which it is, but that was all he had to say. Read below the fold...

Noted without comment

Abu G:

"[GONZALES] I believe in truth and accountability and every step that I've taken is consistent with that principle,"

Why does a Just God[ess] not smite this man?

'Cause that's why I'm noting without comment. My head would explode if I started commenting. Read below the fold...

In 2008, no Federal Prosecutor can be trusted to enforce the law when that would favor Democrats

I mean, that's just obvious, right? Jon Carrol in the San Francisco Chronicle:

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The Times really needs a new department

Submit your questions to Broderella now!


Here's mine:

Mr. Broder, is civility good in itself, or only useful as a means to an end? And a followup: Were the great issues facing the country, like independence, or slavery, or civil rights, solved by civility, or did civility impede the solutions?

And use your indoor voices.

No questions like: "How does it feel, losing it?" Read below the fold...

Fuck the rich

Democrats to let Bush's tax giveaway to the rich expire. And about time, too:

The House Thursday narrowly passed a $2.9 trillion Democratic budget blueprint predicting a big surplus in five years but relying on the expiration of tax cuts to do so.

And better news: Read below the fold...

Republicans: Government is fiefdom for "loyal Bushies"


"The distinction between 'political' and 'performance-related' reasons for removing a United States attorney is, in my view, largely artificial," Kyle Sampson told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

R-i-i-g-h-t. All perfectly normal:

Because, for a Republican, allowing Republicans to get away with corruption, and ginning up fake "voter fraud" allegations against Democrats is exactly the performance they want.

Talk about defining deviancy down! Read below the fold...

A Portrait of the Pundit as an Old Hack

Bien sur Dean Broder, who seems unable to connect the largest of dots, even when they're in his own column. Amid shopworn anecdotes of when Reagan's budget director, David Stockman, was Daniel Moynihan's baby sitter at Harvard, we get this: Read below the fold...


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