As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Thursday, December 13, 2007


In rare news of the Congress doing their job, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved contempt citations for Karl Rove and Josh Bolten. Although, this is so far removed from the actual scandal to which it pertains (it was the US Attorney firings) that I don't think anyone remembers why they're being called, and thus politically it takes the shape of piling on needlessly, and becomes completely ineffective. Not to mention:

The criminal contempt resolutions now move to the Senate floor, although no action on them is expected until next year [...]

The House Judiciary Committee has also approved contempt resolutions against Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has not set a date for a floor vote yet.

There's a principle at stake here, of course, and that's the role of Congressional oversight, but this can easily be characterized as old news, because it actually is old news. Meanwhile the US Attorney for DC, who would normally represent Congress in any legal battle with the White House, won't enforce these contempt citations. And the Bush Justice Department is gearing up to suppress the vote in 2008, again, which was after all one of the prime motivations of the US Attorney firings.

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