Archive for February 6th, 2006

Oathiness

This sounds kinda familiar…

Monday’s hearing into the NSA program got off to a rocky start when Democrats protested that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should be given a sworn oath before testifying.

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the panel’s senior Democrat, argued that Gonzales should be sworn in like any other witness. At the very least, Gonzales should be asked if he would volunteer to being sworn in, Leahy said.

“It’s not up to him,” said Specter, who was upheld by a quick party-line vote by the GOP-led committee.

Is there an innocent explanation for this? The last time I remember Republicans opposing an oath was just before the oil executives lied their asses off about participating in Cheney’s super-duper secret energy task force (and before that, of course, there was our brave preznit’s 9/11 testimony with Cheney holding his widdle hand). I know the Republicans are anti-truth, but do they have to be so obvious about it?

Gonzales, who was not sworn in, told the committee he would voluntarily take the oath if the committee so desired. Either way, “my answers would be the same whether I was under oath or not,” he said.

Wow, he admits that he would lie under oath? Pretty ballsy.

9 comments February 6th, 2006 at 12:29pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Constitution,Politics,Republicans,Specter,Wankers

Call His Bluff

Today’s NYT lead editorial is about the gaping disconnect between President Bush’s stated goals on energy efficiency and his actual policies and budget allocations. This is, of course, typical – Bush’s idea of leadership is to state bold and sometimes even admirable goals and then hope for the best (or not) instead of actually following through.

However, I think Bush has left an intriguing opening here, if the Democrats have the guts to take it. Very simply, all they have to do is take Bush at his conservationist word and propose a bill that would make all of Bush’s stated goals an attainable reality, and be prepared to loudly and aggressively debunk whatever fake energy-conservation bill the Republicans come up with.

If they can pull that off, they put Bush in the awkward position of having to either admit his SOTU address was utter bullswitchgrass, or else force a big grin onto his face and pretend that stabbing Big Oil and Saudi Arabia in the back was his tiny heart’s fondest desire. Sure, he’d take credit for it if it passed, but he’s not running for re-election, and the world would be better for it, ecologically, economically, and politically.

They could always throw in some anti-manimal language to sweeten the deal…

February 6th, 2006 at 09:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Energy,Politics

Hooray!!!

Superbowl, Schmuperbowl. Harry Carson’s finally going to the Hall Of Fame!!!

February 6th, 2006 at 08:52am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Sports


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