My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


Crazy Like A Fox

Has it occurred to anybody that the White House may have learned very well the lessons of the previous administration, and is playing the Congress like a fiddle? The President makes a "magnanimous" gesture to allow access to his advisors, and the Democrats--predictably--are making a great deal of noise to set up a "Constitutional crisis."

Heh heh heh.

A House panel authorized subpoenas yesterday for top White House and Justice Department aides, including White House counselor Karl Rove, setting up a constitutional clash with the Bush administration over the U.S. attorneys investigation.

The subpoenas served as an act of defiance toward President Bush, coming less than 24 hours after he warned Democrats against engaging in a "partisan witch hunt" and vowed to embark on a legal battle to shield his staff from public testimony under oath.

If memory serves, the country is not terribly forgiving of Congress when it overuses its Constitutional check to hunt down a President, even one who has lied to it. And, though I'm no lawyer, I think the law is pretty clear on Presidential prerogatives.

Unfortunately, this White House has not shown any of the same fight mentality as its predecessor. That is, until the last two days. I've tried before to credit the White House with a Rope-a-Dope, only to be disappointed.

I'll be very interested to watch this one play out.

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