Completely unappeasable

What the Gobshites Are Saying: Fast & Spurious Edition

By Charles P. Pierce, June 20 2012 at 1:35PM



Well, we seem to have a real rage-gasm on our hands now. The president has gone and said  the conjuring words, “executive privilege,” thereby presuming to do something  once that the previous president did four times in a month back in 2007. And, as  we know, for some odd reason —Ooh, ooh, I know! Ask me!— whenever this  president does something that other presidents have done, it is a constitutional outrage of biblical proportions.

“Until now,  everyone believed that the decisions regarding ‘Fast and  Furious’ were confined  to the Department of Justice. The White House  decision to invoke executive  privilege implies that White House  officials were either involved in the ‘Fast  and Furious’ operation or  the cover-up that followed. The Administration has  always insisted that wasn’t the case. Were they lying, or are they now  bending the law to  hide the truth?”

And that’s from the spokesman for the Speaker of The House, who is,  theoretically, a part of the national political power elite. What might we  expect from out in the hinterlands of enraged wingnut blogistan? Let’s stop  first at the home office, shall we? is an important little bistro  because its guiding intellectual meathead is considered by liberal CNN to be  worthy of a slot as a “political analyst.” Anyway, he seems to be off-duty  today, or at least relegated to the magical Twitter machine and the blithering has been outsourced:

The GOP was  a step ahead of them and released a video reminding  everyone just how committed  then Senator Obama was to transparency  related to documents in the now  hilariously trivial “AttorneyGate” involving the alleged political firings of  attorneys by the Department of Justice under AG Alberto Gonzales.

Expect to hear a lot of this — here’s the dumbest man on the Internet playing the same tune — but do not expect to hear much about  how horrified they all were when the previous administration invoked the same  privilege to monkey-wrench an investigation into how thoroughly they’d  politicized the DOJ. (Please, someone explain to me that whatever is in those  documents that the Congress so desperately wants could possibly be anything more  than how this administration made the mistake of signing onto a policy idea  promoted by the previous gang of idiots. Maybe, if I buy this toy book, I’ll find out…. The Obama  administration’s continuing assault on Second Amendment rights. Why Fast  and Furious could be a bigger scandal than Watergate. Glorioski!)

I’d like to believe that this is all now just a war of tactics leading toward  some sort of resolution — I’ll see your contempt citation and raise you  executive privilege — just as I’d like to believe that Darrell Issa would awaken  tomorrow morning as something more than Lee Atwater with a seat in Congress. I am not optimistic. If this is more evidence that the  president has tumbled to the fact that his political enemies are completely unappeasable, well, that penny took god’s own time to drop, but I’m glad it did.  They want Eric Holder’s head on a stick. They should be told, repeatedly, where  that stick should be stored. or


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