“We’ve seen the hubris. And now we’re seeing the scandals”

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) referred to Senate colleagues who have begun to favor a change in course in Iraq as “wimps.”…

This would be the same scoundrel that breaks down in tears and stumps his feet when he doesn’t get his way, John Boehner Breaks Down Again, Weeps Openly On House Floor During Iraq Debate. Another reason that John Boy should not be allowed on the floor of the House until he can pass a mental competency test. As is usually the case Boehner is among many Republicans who talk about supporting the troops, but when it actually comes down to doing something he’s AWOL. Ohio is traditionally a moderate state how this Bush boot licker got elected is a mystery.

In case you haven’t stopped by and read Kagro X (DailyKos) series of posts on Congress’s options in regards to the Whitehouse hiding behind claims of executive privilege here’s one that you shouldn’t miss, Is inherent contempt pardonable?

If you draw a parallel between the two types of judicially ordered contempt of court and the two different reasons and sentences that can be passed under inherent contempt of Congress, it becomes pretty easy to argue that someone sentenced under inherent contempt and imprisoned in order to coerce compliance is being held on charges analogous to a civil charge — and therefore arguably not subject to pardon.

This puts Harriet Miers between a rock and the possibility of jail time since Bush has ordered her not to testify. As Marty Lederman notes Senator Leahy seems determined to proceed even if it involves contempt of Congress. He doesn’t think that statutory contempt is going to work because that would mean the DOJ and Alberto Gonzales would have to bring charges and we all know at this juncture that Gonazales executes his duties as a political extension of George and Dick, not as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, What Would Happen if the Administration Continues to Defy the Subpoenas?

Whatever options Congress chooses the Whitehouse is likely to come to some agreement, but in a way it might benefit Democrats and the country he Bush decides to dig in and and not comply. Leaving the dead ender hard Right aside the vast majority of Americans do not think the office of the president regardless of occupant is above the law and do not their presidents acting like Kings that feel they are not accountable to the people’s representatives. Bush may succeed in running out the clock, but that will only save his neck in the interim. Meanwhile Republicans will inherit a Bush legacy of hubris and ineptitude that will take years to undo. Either way Bush goes America will win in the long run. We find out what he’s hiding which anyone over the age of eight knows is the only reason he’s bunkered down behind claims of executive privledge or he succeeds in delaying the whole truth coming out for 18 months. Its checkmate now or later for Republicans and dead enders like Boehner.

The Christian Republican sex scandals just keep rolling along. There was the recent Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and his penchant for prostitutes and now State Rep. Bob Allen (R-Merritt Island) – Rep. Bob Allen arrested on sex charge

TITUSVILLE – State Rep. Bob Allen was arrested Wednesday afternoon at a local park after offering to perform a sex act on an undercover officer in exchange for $20, police said.

Allen did turn the tables a bit by playing prostitute. Allen is married and a father. Republicans don’t have a monopoly on sex scandals obviously and I’m even a little shocked that at least so far no Dems have turned up in the D.C. Madam scandal. Flynt is tracking 20 congressional sex scandal leads

“Republicans are more fun because they get caught so easily,” Flynt said. “They’ve been living a repressed life all their life. Democrats are liberal — they wear it on their sleeve. Their sex life is what it is. They don’t spend their whole life trying to cover it up.”

“We’ve seen the hubris. And now we’re seeing the scandals.” – David R. Gergen

Lady Bird Johnson, Former First Lady, Dies at 94

She softened hurts, mediated quarrels and won over many political opponents. Johnson often said his political ascent would have been inconceivable without his wife’s devotion and forbearance. Others shared that belief.

I would agree from what I know about Lyndon Johnson. There was the fairly admirable legacy of his domestic policy and then there was his horrible foreign policy. You can see Lady Bird’s influence on the domestic side. Christy Hardin Smith at Firedoglake has more, Lady Bird Johnson, 1912 to 2007


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What Our Grandparents Can Teach Us About Saving the World 

The typical new U.S. home, for instance, is 40 percent larger than that of 25 years ago, even though the average household has fewer people. In that same period, dinosaur-like SUVs (now 50 percent of all private vehicles) have taken over the freeways, while the amount of retail space per capita (an indirect but reliable measure of consumption) has quadrupled.

Too many of us, in other words, talk green but lead supersized lifestyles — giving fodder to the conservative cynics who write columns about Al Gore’s electricity bills. Our culture appears hopelessly addicted to fossil fuels, shopping sprees, suburban sprawl, and beef-centered diets. Would Americans ever voluntarily give up their SUVs, McMansions, McDonald’s, and lawns?

The surprisingly hopeful answer lies in living memory. In the 1940s, Americans simultaneously battled fascism overseas and waste at home. My parents, their neighbors, and millions of others left cars at home to ride bikes to work, tore up their front yards to plant cabbage, recycled toothpaste tubes and cooking grease, volunteered at daycare centers and USOs, shared their houses and dinners with strangers, and conscientiously attempted to reduce unnecessary consumption and waste.