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June 23, 2007

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ohhhhh! Bush wrote a signing statement on his own statement!

Yeah, and then he discovered his "intent" was not what he actually wrote in his signing statement on his signing statement, so it doesn't actually count, and he and his Big Dick can ignore his own unitary executive royal law making. As if that makes sense to anyone not working off last night's speedball spree. Whatta dweeb.

LA Times has featured this story two days in a row now, complete with an editorial today...some kind of record, I think, to show an actual attention span for something other than Kobe and the Lakers, Paris does jail, Phil Spector's murder trial, or City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo's abuse of office and his completely messed up wife.

Rahm better get busy with more than that (satisfying as it was) -- there is a reason for all this secrecy and it doesn't bode well for Iran -- or America.

I spoke too soon -- guess Rahm is on the case:

Washington, D.C. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel issued the following statement regarding his amendment to cut funding for the Office of the Vice President from the bill that funds the executive branch. The legislation -- the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill -- will be considered on the floor of the House of Representatives next week.

"The Vice President has a choice to make. If he believes his legal case, his office has no business being funded as part of the executive branch. However, if he demands executive branch funding he cannot ignore executive branch rules. At the very least, the Vice President should be consistent. This amendment will ensure that the Vice President's funding is consistent with his legal arguments. I have worked closely with my colleagues on this amendment and will continue to pursue this measure in the coming days."

Ooho, Rahm is actually doing something right.
I like his reasoning. It has some nice Catch-22 aspects.

I sure hope the MSM is picking this [Rahm's idea] up. Not too often that I say that about Rahm, but he's done good this time.

Yes, this move precisely illustrates that it is Congress that has the Power of the Purse. Let's hope members get a very substantial response supporting this move before they vote on it next week.

I tend to think the Public will respond much more favorably to this than to using the Power of the Purse with regard to Iraq policy -- the only things Bush can do are, 1)Negotiate with Congress and agree to follow the laws, etc. etc., or 2) expect to shut down the Executive Office of the President and VP come next October 1 -- for if he were to veto, he would not have an appropriation good after that date.

This would not be a Clinton Era style Government Shutdown -- it would only impact perhaps 5000 mostly political employees at the WH, and a few outside political operatives paid by the EOP line items in the budget. Bush, for instance, would be hard put to use Air Force One -- for while it is owned by the Air Force, the gas is paid for out of the EOP appropriations. I sure hope that if Rahm persues this he gets a top notch message crafter to make very clear exactly what the issue is all about.

Not a big Rahm fan, but this actually makes sense.
Having raised teenagers, it makes a ton of sense. Infraction? Meet consequence.

Let's hope Rahm and the Dems keep it simple: problem, meet solution. Not next fall. Not next winter. Not after one more Study Group. Not after the next election. Not after the next indictment. N-o-w.

More of this, please.

Who knew that the ODQ (Office of Dan Quayle) was the Fourth Branch of Gobmint?

""Lookit, I've done it their way this far and now it's my turn. I'm my own handler. Any questions? Ask me ... There's not going to be any more handler stories because I'm the handler ... I'm Doctor Spin." -- The ODQ

Ridicule is the key. The Democrats don't seem to get this. The administration will be forced to trot out more and more lame excuses as their house of cards starts to collapse. Every time somebody mentions the US Attorney's scandal, I want to hear a Democrat say "here comes the 'dog ate my homework' excuse again". Or, I didn't realize when they call themselves the part of Reagan that they meant they all had Alzheimers. When Cheney gets mentioned, Dems need to say "We have three branches of government, Dick. Pick one". We should refer to Scooter Libby as that paragon of Repubulican honesty who was convicted of lying. The only difference between him and the rest of the bunch is that he lied to the FBI and a grand jury instead of just the American people.

Absolutely. Make the Admin the butt of jokes and ridicule their preposterous positions. It is one more thing that weakens them.

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