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  •  Speaking as a DOJ attorney... (26+ / 0-)

    (and I know I bring that up a lot, but I'm proud.  Sue me.), I can tell you that Liz Cheney's attacks are being met among my colleagues not with quaking fear and nervousness, but with a healthy, mature, "Whatever."  it's actually laughable.

    Peter Keisler was an excellent Civil Division chief.  He was a Bush appointee, but like many attorneys I have worked with here, the politics don't matter (the Monica Goodlings and the Hans von Spakovskys and the Bradley Schlozmans are far outnumbered by people who don't view the law and the application of justice through a political lens).  He was a strong leader, and he earned a lot of respect.  And he's dead right about this.

    Compare this statement with that of Liz Cheney's.  then tell me who the grown-ups in the room are.  

    "Progress has never been a bargain; you have to pay for it." -- Clarence Darrow "Change takes time. It's a marathon, not a sprint." -- Widely attributed

    by LarsThorwald on Fri Mar 05, 2010 at 07:04:41 AM PST

    •  I'm happy to hear (5+ / 0-)

      that you guys can laugh at this business.

      Still, the fact that CNN (Fox News Lite) played this up and gave these idiots air time just pisses me off. Yeah, I know it's been years since CNN was worth a crap. I guess this is just another reminder why I don't watch them anymore.

      •  But the meme spreads. The same with "socialism" (6+ / 0-)

        and "enhanced interrogation."  Repeat the lie often enough in a P.T. Barnum world, and....well, that's where we are today.

        •  They are being spread by the same crowd, (0+ / 0-)

          the NeoMcCarthyites.  Look for a commie or socialist or al Qaeda sympathiser under every rock and infiltrated throughout government.

          In McCarthy's time it was communists infiltrating the State Department, today it's al Qaeda infiltrating the DOJ.

          It is clearly time to call these people what they are, NeoMcCarthyites.  Being a NeoCon is not enough for Bill Krystol, or as I like to call him, Eddie Haskell all grown up, he now has to move on to out and out character assassination, red baiting, and all the other McCarthy tactics.

          May they both rot in hell.

          Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

          by Ohiodem1 on Fri Mar 05, 2010 at 08:45:57 AM PST

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        •  And the suckers are buying it (2+ / 0-)
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          My wife was talking to a friend who complained about the new "socialist healthcare" plan. The fact that her husband is military and that she gets frickin' "socialist healthcare" already seems to be beyond her understanding. We laughed about it, after I did my best impression of a Lewis Black meltdown, but it still amazes me that this blatant bullshit gets anything but laughs.  

    •  Walter Delliger, former Solicitor General (7+ / 0-)

      and now with O'Melveny & Myers, also responded.  An excerpt from today's Wapo Op-Ed page:

      It never occurred to me on the day that Defense Department lawyer Rebecca Snyder and Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler of the Navy appeared in my law firm's offices to ask for our assistance in carrying out their duties as military defense lawyers that the young lawyer who worked with me on that matter would be publicly attacked for having done so.

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      That those in question would have their patriotism, loyalty and values attacked by reputable public figures such as Elizabeth Cheney and journalists such as Kristol is as depressing a public episode as I have witnessed in many years. What has become of our civic life in America? The only word that can do justice to the personal attacks on these fine lawyers -- and on the integrity of our legal system -- is shameful. Shameful.

      Read, "A shameful attack on the U.S. legal system," HERE.  

      Read the whole article.  I"m sure it never occurred to anyone that this would actually happen.  Those lawyers did what their country asked them to do and what their code of ethics requires.  Liz Cheney isn't fit to wipe dirt from their shoes.  

      "Lawyers, I suppose, were children once." To Kill A Mockingbird

      by DC Scott on Fri Mar 05, 2010 at 07:35:24 AM PST

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