Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Take a gander at this goose

"[W]e must always maintain the highest ethical standards. We must always ask ourselves not only what is legal, but what is right. There is no goal of government worth accomplishing if it cannot be accomplished with integrity."

- President George W. Bush, 2001 -

This AP story from June 13th, 2007 discusses how important it is to "tough on crime" GOP legislators for "maverick" judges to obey sentencing guidelines established by Congress:

Bush Seeks To Re-Impose Mandatory Minimums

What is the GOP response to a maverick president that flouts a decision by a federal judge consistent with sentencing guidelines in the Lewis "Scooter" Libby case?

The list of GOP leaders not commenting, as of Monday evening, is long: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who is traveling in Kentucky this week; House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ill.), who is traveling in Russia; Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), the GOP whip; Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), chairman of conference, who is tasked with leading message operations; Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.), Kyl's messaging counterpart who chairs the House conference. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), chairwoman of the GOP policy committee, has still not voiced an opinion on Libby's commutation.

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is also silent at this moment, as is Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Specter's counterpart on House Judiciary.


So far I'd call it moral cowardice.

This seems like a natural time for candidate John Edwards to reacquaint Americans to his two Americas theme.

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