Monday, August 13, 2007

Turd Blossom resigns

Karl Rove finally gave into reality and resigned. Citing the desire to spend more time with family, the White House unsurprisingly didn't mention the pressure Rove faced over a subpoena regarding U.S. Attorney firings, allegations over the CIA leak, wiretap influence etc. etc.

Kelly O'Donnell on MSNBC called it a "big deal," calling it a "sign of the changing of the end of the Administration."

Mainly because Chief of Staff Josh Bolton said anyone in the Administration who stays after Labor Day, has gotta stay until Jan. 2009.

Rove joins an increasing number of staff to leave, including Harriet Miers, Don Rumsfeld, Deputy National Security Adviser J.D. Crouch...

Many claim to want more time with family. But with public dismay on incompetence, and the legal heat from subpoenas, it would make more sense to resign and receive a hero's goodbye from the president than to face the heat of being held accountable.

14 comments:

Matthew said...

I'm really kinda ambivalent about all of this. Especially the US Attorney firings. Sure they were politically stupid and not something you want your executive branch to do, but they were probably also completely legal under the current law.

It would make me much happier if the Democrats in congress started coming up with bills rather than investigating things to death.

People have also been calling Bush a lame duck president for years, but it's not really a fitting moniker since he's already ceded so much power into the executive branch. For example, any large decision made by any federal administrative agency is directly under the control of the president through the office of budget and management (OMB). The President has always had almost complete control of the military, and president can pretty much veto anything, and it won't get through. Not to mention Bush's rampant use of signing statements to explain how he was going to enforce the laws regardless of their actual language.

The legislatures check on this sort of power has not been to write better laws, or to place restrictions or censure the executive branch, but rather to do lengthy 'investigations' that don't really solve anything. I guess I prefer problem solvers to reactionaries, and we just don't see those people very often in politics.

B. Broeren said...

It's probably that all the investigations are political maneuvering to put the president in a precarious bargaining position.

Dumbocrats haven't been able to get much done in the way of expanding health care, ending the Iraq war and limiting wiretaps because Bush still does have the power to veto, make Congress do really stupid things.

Even though the majority of U.S. residents polled are for limiting wiretaps, Congress buckled under pressure to go on their summer recess. Much like 4th graders rushing their history homework to go outside and play.

One would hope that the investigations would shame Bush into ceding more power to the legislative branch, and that opposition would get some balls...

Whoops.

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