Wednesday, December 03, 2008

When the President Does It, That Means That It's Not Illegal

The other day I mentioned an article that put traces the dominant Republican lineage back through Bush and Nixon to Joe McCarthy. Now that Bush is busy fabricating a positive legacy with spit and bailing wire, it behooves me to play a classic short of Nixon that drags Bush right back into that dubious lineage from which he is trying to extricate himself (with some help from the mainstream media):

As went Nixon on presidential privilege and abuse, so went Bush. That remains the starting point for judging any retrospective on George W. Bush.  But at least Nixon was a hardened realist about breaking the law.  Bush's abuses were more sinister in that they were cast in a veneer of idealistic sentiments, like "I'm trying to protect Americans and their families from evil."

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