The Administration


Fellow blogger Brent Budowsky has decided Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should be impeached for refusing to follow the law. Mr. Budowsky noted Gonzales's "goon-like" trip to John Ashcroft's sickbed, now made famous by James Comey's congressional testimony this week. I can't say I agree this merits impeachment, but I too was struck by the notion of Andrew Card and Gonzales playing Tony Soprano and Mob deputy taking the opportunity to intimidate someone suffering in a hospital bed.

What is more important than their tacky, cruel tactic at Ashcroft's bedside was the underlying untruth that the warrantless surveillance program caused no controversy within the Bush administration. Yep, that was brought to us by AG AG himself in his 2006 testimony before Congress. "None of the reservations dealt with the program we are talking about today," he said at the time. Then, of course, he was equally reassuring about who took the lead in firing the U.S. attorneys — he wasn't involved; no, he was involved; well, he isn't so sure. It is beginning to seem like a joke we haven't been let in on.  

Who Needs a War Czar?

At last, an honest answer out of Tony Snow.

When asked why, after four years in Iraq, President Bush decided he needed a war czar, the White House press secretary responded: “I honestly don’t know.” No, Tony, and neither does anybody else.

After several generals turned down the job, because they don’t support the president’s policy in Iraq, Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute accepted the assignment. But that still leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

1.    If the president is commander in chief, why do we need a war czar?

2.    If the war czar is now in charge of the war, what happened to the secretary of defense?

Alberto Gonzales Should Be Impeached

It is a high crime and misdemeanor to refuse to faithfully execute the laws of the land and on a number of occasions Alberto Gonzales has acted in a manner that should compel the House of Representatives to initiate an investigation including potential articles of impeachment.

We now learn that Alberto Gonzales tried to railroad through extension of executive action and assertion of authority that the then-attorney general, John Ashcroft, and acting attorney general, James Comey, believed was illegal.

In what can only be described as a goon-like attempt to buffalo a very ill John Ashcroft into approving illegal action, Alberto Gonzales acted more like an official in a government of Pinochet-in-pinstripes than an official of the United States.

Bush: The Boy in the Bubble

President Bush is like the boy in the bubble. He is looking out through a haze, isolated, unable to comprehend much of the outside world.

He jokes with the queen, tries to empathize with tornado victims, goes about his daily routine of bike riding, all while Republicans on the Hill become more and more disenchanted. November 2008 is looming larger and larger, and they can't get through to this guy.

Some started trying to penetrate the hermetically sealed bubble with a letter opener. Now they know they need a howitzer. Soon they will recognize that this president is not coming back from over 70 percent disapproval ratings. And that the only way to save their political skins is to convince Bush to change course in Iraq.

Looking for a Realistic Optimist

This country needs a realistic optimist as its president.

A realistic optimist would look at all the assets of this great country and all of its debits, and understand that we don’t need a great social revolution or monumental reforms, but some changes here and there to improve what is really a pretty good place to live.

Yes, we are in a war with people who want to take the world, or more particularly their world, back into the 12th century. But let’s face it, we ought to be able to beat these crazy people in the long run. The world is not going back into the Dark Ages. A little more realistic talk would be helpful here.

Hearing and Listening

I always wondered how the White House would respond when that dismal day came and the poor Republicans in Congress would have to tell Bush they had had enough. Indeed, we now know that 11 moderate Republicans went to Bush to tell him Tuesday that he has lost credibility on the war and has spent nearly all of their patience. But the characterization of this event by Tony Snow, who I am a huge fan of, almost made me fall out of my chair this morning. It is not another "marching up to Nixon," and "not one of those cresting moments when party discontents are coming in to read the president the riot act," Snow said.

OK, so what is it?

Tornado Strikes — Blame the Governor!

The White House bullies are at it again.

A tornado levels the town of Greensburg, Kan. The city’s police and fire departments are wiped out. State and local officials struggle to deal with the emergency. And what’s the Bush White House do? Attack the governor of Kansas and accuse her of not acting fast enough.

Shades of Hurricane Katrina! That’s just what they did with the governor of Louisiana — another woman, and another Democrat. And all Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sibelius did was tell the truth!

Real Queen Meets Phony King

It was a regal gathering at the White House. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England was received by His Majesty King George II of the United States.

As seen on national television, it was all glorious pomp and circumstance, except for one untidy fact: She’s a real queen, while he’s just a wannabe king.

Yet he acts like he really is a king. He disdains the common people. He ignores the will of members of Parliament, or Congress. He decides which laws he will obey and which ones he will not. In fact, ever since Sept. 11, 2001, he acts as if he is above the law.

America’s Goodwill Ambassador

Ambassador to the World!

For months, everybody’s been asking: How will Bill keep busy if Hillary’s elected president? Now we know: Hillary says she’ll make him some kind of roving ambassador — to make friends around the world for the United States.

If you ask me, it’s the best idea Hillary’s come up with yet!

For one thing, after six years of George Bush, we need a goodwill ambassador. By his arrogance, his unilateral war in Iraq, and his cancellation of so many international treaties, Bush has turned the United States from the most admired nation in the world … to the most despised.

Punishing Incompetence

What a difference an election makes. Now, to the shock of the White House head-in-the-sand crew, members of Congress are holding them accountable on all fronts. Today, we see the family of Pat Tillman, and Jessica Lynch, and a House committee uncovering the lies and cover-up from Bush’s military. We have seen Republicans and Democrats rake Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his aides over the coals and uncover more political incompetence.

Did the “loyal Bushies” really think that none of this was going to come to light? Did they really believe that they could keep the lid on their White House decision making? Did they really believe they could run roughshod over the Congress, as though it did not even exist?