May 25, 2006
BREAKS OUT SPREADS: "Bush orders FBI-Congress documents sealed."
President Bush stepped into the Justice Department's constitutional confrontation with Congress on Thursday and ordered that documents seized in an FBI raid on a congressman's office be sealed for 45 days.
Could Al Qaeda have slipped mind-altering drugs into the DC water supply? What's gotten into these people? Or has some sort of deal been cut? Whatever it is, I don't think I like it.
UPDATE: A reader emails:
The article quotes Bush as saying:
"'This period will provide both parties more time to resolve the issues in a way that ensures that materials relevant to the ongoing criminal investigation are made available to prosecutors in a manner
that respects the interests of a coequal branch of government,' Bush said."
Why does this sound so much like "This period will provide both parties more time to cover their asses?"
I've been struggling the past year to support the president and have faith in congress; it's been difficult and I've taken a lot of flak for it among my academic colleagues. The behavior of our "leaders" in congress, and now Bush, has finally sealed the deal. Next election, all my votes are going to non-incumbents; regardless of party affiliation. The past few days have made it abundantly clear that they've forgotten (1) why they were elected and (2) what the limitations of their power (and trust) are.
I keep wondering what I'm missing here. It's too late for a big third-party push in '06, I think, but I'm pretty sure we'll see one in '08. At this rate, it may be the only party left . . . .
UPDATE: Ed Morrissey thinks that this is just a case of Bush allowing for a face-saving climbdown on Hastert's part. Hastert may climb down, but I think it's too late for him to save face.
And there's this observation: "Instapundit wonders, 'Could Al Qaeda have slipped mind-altering drugs into the DC water supply? What's gotten into these people? Or has some sort of deal been cut?' Since I haven't seen any UFOs split the sky like a sheet today I would have to go with his latter hunch." Yeah, though to be honest I think I'd feel better if it were the drugs.