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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Change is in the air...

Flower_box Love this window-box around the corner. Flowers have made such a comeback in Burlap. Heck, the whole city’s made a comeback as those who were around for the Burlington of the 1970s know well. A treeless City Hall Park. A waterfront under rubble. Patrick Leahy the state’s attorney.

Speaking of St. Patrick, just got an email from one of his crew regarding my description in this morning’s “Inside Track” column of the Senator as “one-eyed.”

He noted the senior senator from Vermont actually has two eyes in his head, but is “legally blind” in one of them.

Relax. “One-eyed” was merely a slang way of saying such. C’mon, it’s a column.

Hey, how about those headlines in today's papers:

Persistent Fear Drives Down Stock Market

A Scandal-Scared G.O.P. Asks ‘What’s Next’

A lot of folks are asking what's next, eh?

What else?

Last night, I was a 20-minute “guest” on NewsTalk 93 FM in Kingston, Jamaica. [Never been to Jamaica; love those accents!] Two female hosts, very articulate,  and some other American political science professor-type on the phone. The topic: Alberto Gonzales.

The other Yank was of a mind the choice of the next AG is George “WMD” Bush’s alone.

Not.

In fact, I’ve seen little in the national political press coverage that reflects any comprehension whatsoever about how the U.S. Constitution actually works.

This lame-duck president is really no King George, folks. The Age of Karl Rove has passed! Democracy is back. The required public process begins with a Bush nominee’s appearance before the Judiciary Committee. That will not happen until George "WMD" Bush AND Chairman Leahy and Co-Chair Arlen Specter have agreed on precisely who the next AG will be - ahead of time.

EnoughLet's be real. What’s happening now before our eyes is the collapse of the most crooked and corrupt U.S.  Executive Branch we have ever witnessed. Once so invincible it could fabricate phony evidence and mount a media propaganda campaign that led us into a totally senseless war it cannot/will-not end, the Bush Regime rats are fleeing their sinking ship quickly, eh?

That's what the loss of that iron-fisted majority control of Congress can do to you.

Donald Rumsfeld.

Scooter Libby.

Karl Rove.

Alberto Gonzalez.

And now, "Bathroom" Larry Craig of Idaho?
Larry “Family Values” Craig!

And I caught these patriotic Americans exercising our precious "freedom of speech" rights on the Church Street Marketplace Tuesday, during the dinner hour. There were 30 of them. From grandmas and grandpas to moms and dads and their little ones.

According to MoveOn.org there were 600 similar protests across the nation yesterday.

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jackjumper

Did you see the rumor that none other than George Terwilliger is on the possible AG list?

It's here: http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/08/28/335784.aspx

could that be an attempt to appease Leahy? Let's hope it doesn't work

jpc

That will not happen until George "WMD" Bush AND Chairman Leahy and Co-Chair Arlen Specter have agreed on precisely who the next AG will be - ahead of time."

Talk about disregarding the constitution. I believe in Leahy's own words it is their job to "advise and consent", not telling Bush who he can nominate. Further his inquiry into GOnzo was unconstitutional which is probably why they blew him off. All Legislative inquires must have a legislative basis, this inquiry was simply to be a pain in the administrations butt. It's too bad that this Congress is too busy instigating 400+ investigations to actually write legislation, of course it likely explains their 18% approval rating. Is that some kind of record? Things are changing Peter, 82% of the people are dissatisfied with our democratically controlled Congress that can't seem to do anything but rant and cry like children. When the next election comes about we'll see how happy the public is with this do nothing Congress. It's only too bad we have another 3+ years of leahy. I'm Batman!

bigbadbrad

Churtle. "just plain Comical" to the rescue again. Don't kid yourself. that's leahy's seat unto he hangs up his boots.

Ken Starr JR, here.

JPC

Sadlittlebrad, Leahy will be gone at the end of his term. He has a film carear to think about. And with his little socialist buddy turned filmaker he is a shoo in for the lead role.

JPC

Sadlittlebrad, Leahy will be gone at the end of his term. He has a film carear to think about. And with his little socialist buddy turned filmaker he is a shoo in for the lead role.

anonymous

Advise and Consent - in the context of the Constitution, is a constraint on the President. He can't just install anyone he wants, he must take advice from Congress and gain their consent for his nominees before they can be appointed.

If he ignores their advice, or otherwise chooses poorly, they don't approve the nominee, and the President gets to go back to the drawing board.

The right wing silliness about "advise and consent" meaning "rubber stamp" is ludicrous.

If the Founding Fathers had intended the Congress to approve whoever the President chooses, no matter how objectionable, they would not have bothered giving the Congress a role in approval.

anonymous

This should immediately disqualify Terwilliger from any role:

Terwilliger was "a leader of President George W. Bush's legal team during the Florida election recount." "He was an advisor to the Bush-Cheney Transition and counselor to designated cabinet and other prospective appointees."

jpc

"The right wing silliness about "advise and consent" meaning "rubber stamp" is ludicrous."

I for one, did not say anything about rubber stamping anything.

"That will not happen until George "WMD" Bush AND Chairman Leahy and Co-Chair Arlen Specter have agreed on precisely who the next AG will be - ahead of time."

Freyne talking about who knows what about the constitution makes a comment that Leahy along with Bush and Specter will agree on the AG. That is not the case, as you said Bush can nominate who he likes, the nomination has nothing to do with Leahy.

jackjumper

Bush can nominate whomever he likes, but Leahy can keep it bottled up in committee, much like the 'up and down vote' Republicans did with Clinton's judicial nominations.

Raleigh

Did I read that right??!?!? Did you say "Two female hosts, very articulate," ? I gotta ask why you felt you had to qualify the two female hosts with "very articulate". You sound surprised - maybe that the women could be articulate or that Jamaicans can be articulate or that Jamaican women can be articulate? I never expected to see a comment like that from you! Call me sensitive but women and minorities have been battling thoughtless remarks like that for a long time. Tsk, tsk.

vermonter

Remember, this is the guy who always comments on Sperkaer Symington's hairstyle.

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