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Let me get this straight.  Shamelessly defy a Congressional subpoena regarding jeopardizing the safety of clandestine operatives, and nothing happens.  (See: Rove, Myers, et. al). Lie or conveniently forget everything about politicizing the Justice Department under oath, and nothing happens.  (See: Gonzales, Goodling, et al).  

But fail to rat out a fellow teammate regarding the breathlessly important issue of steroid use in baseball, and you go to jail? The answer for poor Miguel Tejada, apparently, is a resounding yes.  

At this point, Congress' tagline borrows from one of the MLB's biggest sponsors: Beating up on a bunch of greedy, dishonest ballplayers to score cheap political points?:  Priceless. For everything else: (like preventing horrible abuses of power by the executive branch, serving as an actual check and balance, and maintaining any sense of dignity) there’s complete impotence and incompetence.    

But rest assured, folks, because people like former Congressman Tom Davis, who chaired the committee that spent precious time in 2005 investigating baseball while ignoring all of Bush's abuses, still has his eye on the ball when it comes to justice:

"It just shows that when you do something illegal like this, that you pay a price," Davis said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Yes, I’m sure that Cheney, Rove, Gonzales, Goodling, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and all the other criminals from the Bush "Administration" are terrified that Congress will be sending another subpoena in high and tight on them any day now.

Of course they won't.  But Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds better run for their lives, because a Congress scorned on matters of triviality is even more dangerous than a groupie in Cleveland.

Originally posted to screenwrangler on Tue Feb 10, 2009 at 03:17 PM PST.

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