Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The Abramoff logs and the right wingers who got them.

The WaPo reports that the Secret Service has agreed to turn over the White House visiter logs that will show when Jack Abramoff was there. The records are being released because of a Judicial Watch FOIA law suit.

Scotty McClellan says, though, before anyone gets too excited, "I don't know exactly what they'll be providing, but they only have certain records and so I just wouldn't view it as a complete historical record."

Another WaPo article reports that:

"McClellan has said that Abramoff attended Hanukkah receptions at the White House in 2001 and 2002, and some additional staff-level meetings. 'But I said I couldn't rule out that there might be other large events that may have taken place that he attended, but that's what I know and that still stands,' McClellan said."

Are they already preparing for more damaging revelations, before we've even seen the initial logs? It's kind of an odd thing for McClellan to be saying.

Of course, we all know that W. said of Abramoff, "I don't know him." Abramoff, however, said W. did know him and that he can't have forgotten about him because he's got one of the best memories in town. Abramoff said, "The guy saw me in almost a dozen settings and joked with me about a bunch of things, including details of my kids. Perhaps he has forgotten everything, who knows." Yeah, who knows.

By the way, Karl Rove has some some memory problems, too, which has landed him in some hot water, which is getting a lot hotter all the time. It's funny he doesn't remember a conversation he had with Matt Cooper a few years ago, yet he can remember getting beat up by a girl when he was nine.

Well anyway, it took a good right wing organization to ferret out these logs because you know the spinless Dems didn't want this stuff coming out, since they were just as likely to get Abramoff's money. What, they weren't? Abramoff never gave a penny to the Dems?

Another good right wing organization, the Cato Institue just came out with a report saying the W. has gone over the line with his "astonishingly broad" interpretation of his consitutional powers.

In part, the report says:

"Since the start of the war on terror, the Bush administration has singlemindedly advanced the view that, in time of war, the president is the law, and no statute, no constitutional barrier, no coordinate branch of the U.S. government can stand in the president's way when, by his lights, he is acting to preserve national security."

The authors, Gene Healy and Timothy Lynch, conclude that:

"The pattern that emerges is one of a ceaseless push for power, unchecked by either the courts or Congress, one in short of disdain for constitutional limits."

Even Bob Barr said that Congress should show some "leadership by putting the constitution above party politics and insisting on the facts," when it comes to domestic spying.

What's going on here? The Democrats really don't have to lift a finger when W.'s base is savaging him so effectively. We can just sit back and watch W. fume as Stephen Colbert 'crosses the line' and lampoons W. to his heart's content.

It's good to be a Democrat, right now.


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