Monday, December 22, 2008

Dick Cheney is the law!

Cheney claims power to decide his public records

"The vice president alone may determine what constitutes vice presidential records or personal records, how his records will be created, maintained, managed and disposed, and are all actions that are committed to his discretion by law," according to a court filing by Cheney's office with the U.S. District Court on Dec. 8.

I'm supposed to believe that a law enacted after President Nixon's infamous partial-erasing of his secret tapes was purposely written to allow a public official complete control over the disposition of his records? That wouldn't have required a law; that was the status quo ante. Cheney's argument is patently false, but when was that ever counted as a defect in this Administration's legal strategies?


Adendum: Actually, there might be a bit of a case here. Purely "partisan" records are allowed to be exempted and that covers pretty much every act and thought in the White House for the last eight years.


James Hanley said...

One of the most important policies Obama could implement as president is to tie his veep up in the bathroom and piss on him every once in a while, to remind us all once again that (as Garner said) the office isn't worth a bucket of warm piss, nor should it be.

Nothing personal against Biden. He just needs to take one for his country.

Scott Hanley said...

I don't see a point to that. Cheney doesn't establish any real institutional power for the OVP v. the Presidency; he was just allowed to run amok by a weak president and a weak Congress. No one can imitate Cheney without the approval of their president.

The piss-on-the-law precedent, however, will probably stand unless Cheney is prosecuted or otherwise brought to heel and I have dim hopes of that ever happening.