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I was driving to visit my brother this past Sunday and was flipping through the dials to find something to listen to on the radio. 1130-AM, Bloomberg's radio station, was replaying the Sunday morning talk shows and I happened to catch Fox News Sunday and Chris Wallace's interview with Senators Diane Feinstein and John Cornyn.

Most of it was Cornyn rehashing talking points, but he did say something I found very disturbing about the speculation of AG Holder investigating if the CIA misinformed Congress on various operations during the Bush, Jr. Administration.

WALLACE: Senator Cornyn, your reaction to the decision not to tell Congress and the vice president's apparent role telling the CIA not to tell Congress.

CORNYN: Well, Chris, this, of course, comes on the heels of a statement — unproven, by the way — of Speaker Pelosi that the CIA had lied to her about enhanced interrogation techniques, and this looks to me suspiciously like an attempt to provide political cover to her and others.

I agree with Senator Feinstein — the CIA should brief the Congress. Congress should exercise responsible oversight. But to trot out the vice president and say he's the one that's at fault — this is — unfortunately sounds like a new theme where they still want to blame the Bush-Cheney administration for the economy and for other things that, frankly, are in the — squarely within the...


CORNYN: ... control of...

WALLACE: Finally, if I may...

CORNYN: ... this administration.

WALLACE: ... because we are running out of time, and I have one other issue I want to discuss with you — and along those lines, there's another story in the paper today, Senator Cornyn, that Attorney General Holder is leaning towards appointing a criminal prosecutor to investigate whether or not CIA personnel tortured terror detainees after 9/11. Good idea?

CORNYN: So after the Obama administration leaves, the subsequent administration will conduct a grand jury to determine whether the president or any person in this administration should be indicted and prosecuted.

This is a terrible trend. And I hope that the attorney general listens to the president, who says, "We need to look forward, not backward." This is high-risk stuff, because if we chill the ability or the willingness of our intelligence operatives and others to get information that's necessary to protect America, there could be disastrous consequences.

What truly disturbs me about Cornyn's view that investigating improprieties under the Bush, Jr. administration would create a "terrible trend", is the total lack of qualifiers in his remark.

There's no mention of "if" the Obama Administration had "potentially" or "allegedly" violated existing laws, the new Attorney General would have to investigate.

His comment is a straight forward tit-for-tat sentiment that if Obama investigates Bush & Co.'s violations of the law, then the next Republican President has a green light to try and dig through anything and everything done by his (I would say 'or her', but why bother given the GOP's demographics) predecessor.

Part of me understands Obama's reluctance to investigate Bush, Jr.'s administration, because I bet "Big" John's sentiment is shared by many Republicans.  I've read commentary that all the investigations into Clinton's "wrong doings" as President were in retaliation for Watergate and Iran-Contra.

Given the determined lack of empathy in the Republican Party, I would say it is safe to assume the next time a Republican is elected to the Presidency, they would retaliate with a vengeance against his predecessor, if Obama does anything to bring Bush & Co.'s legal violations to light.

One of the issues that keep people supporting the Republican Party is the assumption the Democrats are equally as corrupt, when they enter the White House.  They don't have an appealing platform and got by with voter anger at the "system", but if voters ever find out how systematically corrupt the last Republican Administration has been they would lose what little credibility they have left.  Bush & Co. may well have broken more laws than anything Nixon did regarding Watergate.  Watergate has shaken the nation's faith in politics and politicians till this day.

As chilling as the thought of revenge for revenge's sake makes me feel, by our elected officials, I can see the vested need for Republicans to maintain the belief everyone is as corrupt as they are.  If the public realizes Bush & Co. were every bit as corrupt as Nixon was, whatever credibility Republicans have may be badly damaged and never repaired.

Originally posted to BabetheBlueOx on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 04:49 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Gonzo was a Bozo, a Stooge, a Puppet (5+ / 0-)

    Alberto Gonzolez was a Void.  

    I have doubts HE knew a lot of the stuff Cheney was pulling off, even when he was Dubya's hacker.

    Liz Cheney- Daddy's last deferment specimen.

    by bamabikeguy on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 04:58:22 PM PDT

  •  The problem is it is a one way street (12+ / 0-)

    In Iran Contra the democrats promised it would not go to the president, and it looks like they made the same promise to not go to the white house during the last administration.  

    But look at the contrived prosecution of Clinton, and you realize no matter how deferential to criminals you are, they will take revenge anyway.  So in a way, their threats are impotent. They are going to do it anyway, so you may as well do your best to uphold the law.

  •  When You Defer to Criminal Tyrants (10+ / 0-)

    you betray democracy.

    Don't let me hear Cornyn utter the word "Constitution" again.  It's meaningless from his mouth.

    Go take a Republican Fear Capsule, senator.  You mustn't grow a spine.

    "Give me but one firm spot to stand, and I will move the earth." -- Archimedes

    by Limelite on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 05:06:29 PM PDT

  •  I agree with the diarist (6+ / 0-)

    but I also see something else in this particular round of revenge... fear. Lee Atwater was a schemer and an assassin. So was Rove. And they got to act like, and frame themselves as, rebels or outsiders because they were once new to the scene.

    Now, that kind of Movement Conservatism is not only the scene, its the ruins the rest of us are trying to clean up after.  

    The GOP of today are just throwing shit wildly and hoping something sticks, and they are the ulimate insiders because it was their mess we are trying to clean up nationally.

    They don't have an answer for Barack Obama.
    They can't Kerry him, or Dukakis him as a candidate, and as a President they can't Clinton him.
    The netroots, and progresssives on cable news, doesn't allow them to smear and jeer with nothing but the volume of the echo to worry about.

    The GOP has lost a lot of the free ride they have gotten in the past, and they aren't the unknown they were in 1994. They are the party of epic fail calling people who are trying to clean up their mess... messy.  

    The selling of the idea that everything in DC is bipartisan requires there to be no outside force to rebut the lies and the talking points. We, and people like us, have made that a lot harder to do tactically and strategically.

    The GOP, over the last eight years, is steadily and consistently losing its ability to simultaniously bully its opponents and whine with impugnity to the refs because there is somebody waiting to say 'bullshit' who didn't exist in the past.

    Not because the traditional media isn't still more than willing to carry their faux outrage water, or because the Democratic Party has universally grown a stiff spine to conern trolling and bullying tactics... but they don't have an answer for us.

    They had a good run having neutered the news media... but just as they got comfortable with being able to use faux outrage to impeach a President with the media's help and comfortable with looking forward to Dukakising every Democratic Presidential candidate from 2004 onward... bam!

    Howard Dean and the netroots didn't turn out to be the trainwreck they had dreamed it would all be. Worse, we turned out to be more effective than they had ever imagined.

    They haven't come up with an answer for Netroots nullification, and they don't know how to deal with Democrats who cannot be bullied or concern trolled into acting against their own interests.

    They thought they had a tactic for doing this by claiming we were these violent, anti-American exremists that our party should denounce everytime we speak or act.

    Basically, the GOP is trying to come back by using rules and tactics that are old, obsolete, and depend on factors that have long since changed on the political battlefield.

    Cornyn is talking as if its 1988-1993 or 2000 to 2005.

    It's not.

    There are a lot of people ready for him and his ilk to fight back.

    You can't claim solidarity with people if you also want to bomb them

    by LeftHandedMan on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 05:43:04 PM PDT

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