Ungodly Politics

"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen

Monday, October 07, 2002  

Two Fights Could Produce a Big Winner (washingtonpost.com)

Beyond that, this could decide the future of our nation.

Here's the key fight:

But the Bush administration, arguing in court 11 days ago, suggested that the legislative branch should not have the ability to take the executive branch to court -- period. "It basically would make the executive privilege of the president absolute by saying Congress can never sue," former Reagan Justice official Bruce Fein said. "The president could never be forced to turn anything over."


Bush's lawyers said Congress has another option: Start a political fight with the president. "They can simply say, 'Look, Mr. President, that energy policy proposal you've sent up here is dead on arrival until you give us some information about how you went about formulating this policy,'" Clement said.

For that to work, a president's opponents would need to control the House or a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate -- and even then they would have little chance of winning a political fight against the bully pulpit. That means if the administration succeeds in cutting off the ability of Congress to sue the executive branch, Bush -- and those who follow him -- could be essentially immune from congressional scrutiny.

That sounds good, doesn't it?

This strikes me as coming perilously close to an impeachment level offense against Congress, to be honest.

posted by lazarus | 23:51 | |
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