June 20, 2012
Electing to invoke executive privilege on the Fast and Furious facta must have been an enormously hard decision for Obama to make. I would submit it is the only hard decision he has ever had to make in his wispy life. He is risking his entire presidency and reelection on some seemingly quotidian correspondence. Therefore it must be explosive.
If Obama had been executive material he would have fired Eric Holder two years ago. But brother blood is apparently thicker than the thin material that courses through my veins.
A quick aside on "executive privilege," which my brother courteously reminded me of today: it don't exist. It is an extra-constitutional device Eisenhower concocted during the Army and McCarthy hearings to protect national security issues. Nixon invoked it a couple of times, Clinton 14, as I recall, one for each blow job I suppose, and Bush 2.0 6 times.
I can understand a president attempting to protect national security. I cannot understand a president using executive privilege to thwart a constitutionally authorized investigation of Congress.
Oh, the sweat. The atmosphere must be foul in the situation room, the armpits dank. This in unconditional war upon the Constitution, and Barack Obama is Lenin.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I believe one Barack Hussein Obama is a desperate man. I can relate. I once bought two rounds of shooters for a table of eight ladies in the hopes of winning the approving eye of one particularly comely lass. That didn't work out. I did manage to score the affections of a rather heiferish girl in the process, initially unrequited by me. But liquor poured, and quid became pro that night. I must confess she wasn't all that bad upon eventual inspection, and was right enthusiastic. I was probably the weak link, to be honest, owing to my prior fiendish devotion to John Barleycorn. The point is, though, I managed my expectations. And, to put it in more common parlance, although this pains me, I fucked the fat chick. So be it. I can step up.
Which is to say, Obama can play this out, but he's no gambler. He's never had to put his nuts on the line. His tells are legendary, his hubris etched upon the wall of public opinion. He is quite unable to hide his emotions, or his strategy. It will only get worser and worser for him.
There is that fine line we must adhere to. Let the man destroy himself, and keep the pressure up. Or as Nathan Bedford Forrest called it, "the skeer." But he must crumble after the convention, lest we allow Joan of Orc, the Hillary, to resurrect the unspeakable horror that is the modern Democratic Party.
Posted by Velociman at June 20, 2012 10:37 PM
I object. He most certainly HAS put his nuts on the line. But only for Cory and only in the backroom in the dark after the full body lube.
Chicago law does seem to have it's limits.
If the media hides this, as they will try, sell your stock in networks and fishrap.
Since the empty suit won't throw a brother under the bus, and he doesn't have the Clinton balls to Foster him then his only out is to stifle the net.
Look for it.
I'm gonna laugh and laugh and laugh when, after expending much energy on this, the GOP gets what it wants and finds nothing.Nothing.at.all. in the documents to discredit Obama.
All the while, Obama keeps moving, speaking and saying exactly the opposite of his intentions. He's not sweating a thing.
Huge re-direct. He couldn't care less what anyone thinks of him or his actions, or he'd not be golfing every week, sending his "wife" on lavish vacays, or jetting all around the world scooping up cash. We've shown we don't really care. He doesn't either.
My all-time favourite use of executive privilege was when Cheney invoked it to keep prying eyes away from his meetings with the oil and gas lobby during his "energy task force" farce.
Lookie, I don't have many issues with executive privilege, falling as it neatly does under the separation of powers doctrine(something I recall Republicans being awfully protective of when they hold the White House), but never before had the vice president - whose constitutional responsibilities are limited to presiding over the fucking Senate - invoked it before.
Better still, Dead Eye Dick then turned around and suggested - Nay, fuck that, blatantly declared with absolute moral authority - that he wasn't part of the executive branch at all!
That boy was ballsy in ways that young Barack doesn't have the parts to even pretend being. And I don't remember that stopping most of you folks from fitting him for a fucking cape, now did it?
Obama's claim of executive drivilege is weak and frivolous. Think of it as a speed bump, but I will qualify that by saying a lot depends on how diligently the Republicans get to shoveling.
This is getting to be fun.
Do you think that the opinions that John Roberts wrote for the Reagan White House were fair game during his confirmation hearings? How about the testimony of Harriet Meirs and Karl Rove in the U.S Attorney firing scandal?
I love you, man. And you're the Greatest Writer in all of Al Gore's Interwebs, but you're wrong.
Watergate with toe tags. Don't forget, F&F is linked to a shitload of DEAD bodies. Cheney, Slick Willy, Dubya didn,t pile up bodies...
I am waiting on the executive order declaring the upcoming elections to be put on hold, Of course in the best interest of the country and the children. It will be explained we cannot survive as a nation without the guidance and wisdom of the "ONE". Shortly after conservatives will be sent to education camps.
1) This ain't about TrickyDick v2.0; Stay on topic, douchebag.
2) You're not entitled to whatever you think is your "opinion" on the matter, regardless, as you're a Canuck, it seems. Keep your cold outta my house, got it? I'm NEVER going to say anything about Canadian politics, because I HAVE NO BUSINESS DOING SO, AS I'M NOT A CITIZEN.
Keep your shit off of my wave.
Skippy, Skippy. I didn't say Obama didn't have the right to invoke executive privilege. I surmised that it stank of desperation. Now, I'm no fan of the executive privilege thing, which has been used by more Republicans than Democrats. It had better be a damned important national security issue to invoke it. You know, the kind Obama leaks to make himself look like a bad ass Navy SEAL.
I also ask you to peruse my archives and find any evidence of me praising the Bush Administration. Fitting Cheney for a cape? That straw man don't dance in the cornfield wishing for a brain, so to speak. I happen to like Big Dick, but I wouldn't trust him in that cornfield with a shotgun.
Finally, Bush's firing of 6 US Attorneys he found unfit is not a scandal. It is a legitimate exercise of a president's rights. Why, Bill Clinton FIRED ALL FUCKING 93 of them his first day in office. Was that a scandal? No. That was a legitimate excercise of presidential authority, exercised with rigor. All presidents do it.
Please try to keep up, young man. You show promise. I just don't think your mama whipped you enough growing up. I know two girls who can fix that fer ya.
Canada? They still think they're a country?
Alas, skippystalin deserves recognition. A worthy patron of these pages.
Skippy is The Man. You may disagree with him on an issue, as I often do, but I expect respect here. He is my Friend. And I'd rather have my money in Canadian dollars than that shit we churn out down here.
Ah, Skippy. Damn Skippy he's the man, alright. I look positively cheerful next to his morose political outlook. I should check in on him to see how he's taking the news that Lohan is playing Liz.
Skippy is the reason why I started visiting this blog too.
Joan: I'm sure you're on to something. This smells of rat, and I think the rat it smells of is Red Herring. it is a foregone conclusion that if Obama is beaten, it will be on his record with the economy. This whole deal has effectively shut down any and all discussion of the economy for days. I expect by this time they've found/forged/faked documents that blame this on Bush, and at the right time they'll release them so they can make the conservatives look partisan and petty. Meanwhile, the exec order has done it's job; conservatives are seeing red and have forgotten everything else
Joan maybe on to something here...I recall Obama's immortal words during the debt ceiling crisis, "Don't call my bluff."
I hope no one interrupts Teh Iwon while he's busy cutting off his own nuts with that rusty hacksaw blade.
So far I've not seen evidence of anyone seeing red, except in Teh Iwon's CV. The man's a Marxist Son of A Bitch. Few things would make me so happy as to see him convicted of treason, except I've seen no firm evidence of his being an American, citizen or otherwise.
Theirritablewhatever: Firstly, I don't expect you to know jack shit about Canadian politics. You know why? Because my country has no impact on your life whatsoever, other than we still have money that's worth something and a banking system.
Second, the United States has quite a bit to do with everybody else's politics. Ask any of the dozen or so countries that you're currently bombing but haven't declared war on. Then there's the small matter of your real estate speculation and financial instruments crashing the world economy.
Nothing, and I mean nothing, is funnier than Americans saying "Stay out out of our politics" when your government has a long and storied history of funding political parties in democratic countries like Italy and Japan for years.
Tell you what, sport. I'll stay out of your politics when your country gets out of everybody else's. Deal?
Bush's fuck-ups didn't pile up bodies? Please tell me you're kidding. Even I'm not that dark.
You're my God, and I think you know that.
I just don't remember you getting all cranky about executive privilege five years ago, when it was covering vice-presidential meetings, FBI collusion with murderous Westies, campaign finance involving the People's Liberation Army and the mysterious death of Pat Tillman.
Most folks would consider such things pretty serious.
In regards to the U.S Attorneys, if a few of them refuse to pursue political cases in even-numbered years, and then find themselves fired for their trouble, that just might warrant some investigating. Particularly when the political types have their fingerprints all over it.
You think that you'd be on an even keel if, say David Axelrod's name kept popping up in in the firing of multiple prosecutors than were handling political cases? Really?
I'm cautiously on Joanie's team here.
Obama's a lot of things, but stupid isn't one of them. And he has a lot of Clinton people around him.
Mr. Bill had one of the neatest tricks I've ever seen. He'd get Republicans huffing and puffing, and then they'd storm at the door ... to find not much of anything inside.
Then the GOP would get fucked to death by public opinion and Clinton would get pretty much what he wanted all along.
Think those people have learned anything since '95? I don't.
Here's the only thing you need to know about politics. The voters can deal with evil. It's stupid that they wont cotton to.
The average American voter is a fucking moron hooked on Facebook,Starbucks and thinking they are special. We have become a country of we are owed, we have no idea why but we are owed and damn it someone needs to pay me to breath because I am just so damn special. I have no faith in this countries ability to man up and pay the bill. Those days ended before the 50's even started.
"I'd rather have my money in Canadian dollars than that shit we churn out down here."
Yup... the Can$ has gained in value against the US$ by over 25% during BHO's dictatorship and is now nearly at parity. Wish I'd bought Canadian G.O. bonds in '09.
With all the talk of the political bukaki there has been in the not-too-distant past, why is hardly anyone treating this like it is just more of the same?
Bukaki, kabuki. Whatever.
The Republicans wait to bring contempt charges on the AG until it is too late to actually do any damage to the president's re-election chances. It looks like the wait was intentional because they knew all along that privilege would be asserted. That's what presidents do when Congress threatens and threatening this AG is threatening the president.
I swear it's almost like they're all following a script, only we get the part of the girl with the running mascara.
We were discussing the transfer of weapons from the Obumblfucks DOJ to the narco terrorists in Mexico. Not the congressionally authorized adventures in Iraq and Astan. As a retired CSM and vet of those adventures, I am aware of those body counts. I don't believe Pres Bush used EP for those.
Actually, our dollar didn't gain value, yours lost it. And, to be accurate, most of the drop happened during the Bush years. We hit psrity for the first time in 08. It's fucked over our manufacturing and export sectors pretty good, too.
Thank God we have all of that yummy, yummy oil!
After the revolution, I propose annexing BC, Alberta, SK, and Manitoba.
They can have Wisonson and Michigan. In fact, I insist.
we'll take neil young and trade you david crosby
and any bottles of his sperm we can find and the trademark rights of don rickles 'hockey puck'joke
I'm thinkin' Holder has Teh Iwon by his teensy lil' nutlets and is sqooshing 'em hard. REAL HARD.
Maybe he has the actual, real, honest to Deity Certificate of Live birth from Our Lady of Perpetual Disease and Starvation Regional Hospital and Donkey Clinic (Machetes sharpened free while you wait.) in suburban Nairobi. Or something like it that would put Fauxbama in Federal Stir for five or six hundred years.
If Holder goes under the bus, Obambam gets run over by it in spades. At which time Serene Queen Moochelle cuts itsy bitsy bleedy morsels off him and feeds them to him, barbecued over mesquite coals, one tasty bite at a time starting with his teeny nutlets.
Gerry, great screenplay for a Wes Craven movie.
Let's hope it goes to prime time.
Skippy - Obama may have a lot of Clinton people around him, but are they all that supportive of Obama?
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Tell you what, sport. I'll stay out of your politics when your country gets out of everybody else's. Deal? Second, the United States has quite a bit to do with everybody else's politics. Ask any of the dozen or so countries that you're currently bombing but haven't declared war on. Then there's the small matter of your real estate speculation and financial instruments crashing the world economy. Theirritablewhatever: Firstly, I don't expect you to know jack shit about Canadian politics. You know why? Because my country has no impact on your life whatsoever, other than we still have money that's worth something and a banking system. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is funnier than Americans saying "Stay out out of our politics" when your government has a long and storied history of funding political parties in democratic countries like Italy and Japan for years.
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