“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Big Bad John

Texas Senator John "The Waterboy" Cornyn has signaled that he will do virtually anything to protect the backside of his patrons, the Bushes. Rather than admit that elections have consequences, and that he has no real reason to oppose the nomination of Atty. General nominee Eric Holder, Cornyn instead is leading the charge to place a "hold" on this nomination which is critical to the incoming administration in numerous ways. Unless his little fishing expedition turns up something unexpected, he can only succeed in delaying the nomination for about a week. Still, he is playing the "tough guy" and pretending to be greatly concerned that the justice department will now treat waterboarding as torture, and that Holder states that "no one is above the law." Cornyn wants us to believe that his concern is for "intelligence professionals" who could be legally liable. In fact, of course, if those professionals were ordered to do what they did by a presidential directive, it is not the CIA guys who would be at most risk. That is transparently the real reason behind Cornyn's gambit. It really makes you wonder what, exactly, Cornyn had to do to get his job.