Archive for March 10th, 2007

The NYT Sort Of Gets It

Today’s NYT lead editorial:

During the hearing on his nomination as attorney general, Alberto Gonzales said he understood the difference between the job he held — President Bush’s in-house lawyer — and the job he wanted, which was to represent all Americans as their chief law enforcement officer and a key defender of the Constitution. Two years later, it is obvious Mr. Gonzales does not have a clue about the difference.

He has never stopped being consigliere to Mr. Bush’s imperial presidency. If anyone, outside Mr. Bush’s rapidly shrinking circle of enablers, still had doubts about that, the events of last week should have erased them.

[Insert blood-boiling list of offenses here]

We opposed Mr. Gonzales’s nomination as attorney general. His résumé was weak, centered around producing legal briefs for Mr. Bush that assured him that the law said what he wanted it to say. More than anyone in the administration, except perhaps Vice President Dick Cheney, Mr. Gonzales symbolizes Mr. Bush’s disdain for the separation of powers, civil liberties and the rule of law.

On Thursday, Senator Arlen Specter, the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, hinted very obliquely that perhaps Mr. Gonzales’s time was up. We’re not going to be oblique. Mr. Bush should dismiss Mr. Gonzales and finally appoint an attorney general who will use the job to enforce the law and defend the Constitution.

This is all absolutely spot-on, except for one teensy-weensy little detail: Gonzales is doing exactly what Bush hired him to do. Dubya wanted Gonzales to bend the entire Justice Department to his will, and he did exactly that. The only way Gonzales leaves his AG position is if he gets appointed to the Supreme Court, and that won’t happen. He’s too liberal.

2 comments March 10th, 2007 at 11:53pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Things That Are Wrong


No. Just… no.

Note that this is apparently not just any Hello Kitty, but a Klingon Hello Kitty.

9 comments March 10th, 2007 at 07:50pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weirdness

What Bill Scher Said

Bill Scher says what I was trying to say at the end of my last FDL post:

Regarding Iraq, There are four things Dems need to convey to the public:

1. They have a plan to stabilize Iraq by disengaging militarily, and re-engaging diplomatically and economically.

2. They are doing all they can to implement that plan.

3. If the plan is blocked, it’s because Dubya and his Republican backers never want to leave.

4. A new Oval Office occupant is needed to change course.


The public is seeing Dems unifying around an exit strategy, and GOPers not wanting to exit.

And that’s what is most important.

Because these bills are never becoming law.

Bush will veto, or the Senate GOP minority will filibuster. (Or Bush could sign it into law, then ignore the law.)

Yet either way, Dems have the ability to show they did what they constitutionally could to end the war, but Bush is keeping it going and therefore, is the sole problem.


Because the pushback against the new bills will be so fierce, maximum coordination is necessary.

It’s not enough to unify on the bill. You have to unify on the argument.

And unify in a manner that helps voters understand what the Dem foreign policy vision is, increasing the comfort level in their ability to manage world affairs.

While Republican hysteria continues to diminish the public’s comfort level in them.

If Dems could accomplish that, they will firmly reclaim the national security advantage for the first time in decades, making whoever the prez nominee is practically unstoppable.

Which will allow us to end the war in the soonest timeframe possible.

If we stipulate that it really is impossible for the Democrats to end the war, which is a true statement as long as all, or almost all Republicans-plus-Lieberman are committed to prolonging it, then the next-best thing the Democrats can do is cement the Republicans’ ownership of the war, and their own absolute opposition to it. If they don’t, they’ll be in the same position Kerry was in 2004, trying to run against a war that he himself had voted for.

(Cross-posted at Mia Culpa)

5 comments March 10th, 2007 at 02:31pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Iraq,Politics,Republicans,War

Quote Of The Day

From NYT’s review of Korean monster film The Host (very good, BTW; I recommend):

Closer to home the film reminds me less of the usual splatter entertainments that clutter American movie theaters and more of another recent horror film, the one in which a newly thawed alien with a giant brain delivers apocalyptic warnings to humanity about its imminent future. Im talking of course about the documentary An Inconvenient Truth.


March 10th, 2007 at 02:21pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Movies,Quotes

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