Friday, December 16, 2005

[politics] After all, it's just "a goddamned piece of paper"

This item from Capitol Hill Blue has all of a sudden taken on a whole new gloss given the revelations over the last couple of days:
GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the [Patriot Act] could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. “I don’t give a goddamn,” Bush retorted. “I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.” “Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.” “Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”
So, now that we've learned that the Pentagon has been engaged in domestic spying and that the NSA has conducted extrajudicial surveillance of Americans inside America's borders, and that the President may have broken the law to accomplish all this, it has become clear to me just what kind of paper Bush thinks the Constitution is: from Getty Images' royalty-free collection [Capitol Hill Blue piece found via Mitch Ratcliffe]

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