Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Storm that Never Comes

The sky is dark, the wind gusts, and a bit of rain falls, but where is the promised storm?

Bush is unpopular. Scandals abound. The Democrats control (sort of) the Congress.

But, an Attorney General, who has presided over a systematic effort to use the Federal government's prosecutorial machinery to obtain electoral advantage, and lied to Congress, remains in office.

The disastrous War in Iraq goes on.

What's up?

Adam Kotsko explains all:
what allows the Bush administration to continue is the fact that everyone else is afraid of triggering an "official" constitutional crisis, that is, of bringing out into the open the actual constitutional crisis under which we live. So: vote to authorize the war because you don't want to find out what happens when the president goes ahead and starts a war that Congress rejected. And so on, and so on. The Democrats are now the party of continuing to have a constitution -- paradoxically, they think that the only way to do this is by refusing to face down Bush's gravest violations of the constitution. Hence no impeachment, no real investigation into intelligence manipulation, just this endless dithering with marginal scandals like the US Attorney thing. No one wants to "officially" expose the fact that the executive branch has been effectively treating the constitution as suspended for all this time, even though the information pointing to this conclusion is publicly available and overwhelming.
Well, that explains that.

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