Quotes of the day

posted at 10:49 pm on June 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

The Fast and Furious investigation has finally handed House Republicans a prize they’ve long sought: a legal smackdown of the Obama administration.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was able to show skeptical conservatives that his spine could stay stiff under pressure from President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder by locking arms with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on a contempt of Congress vote Wednesday. There was no daylight — at least publicly — between Boehner and Issa, a dynamic the White House was desperately seeking.

But the victories could come with a cost. House Republicans’ hot pursuit of Holder doesn’t exactly line up with Mitt Romney’s message, which he wants to keep focused on the economy. And Obama’s campaign wants to tie Romney to what he considers an extreme Republican majority…

“I didn’t want this to be a campaign issue,” Chaffetz told POLITICO in an interview, “but it should go to the courts right away. What are we waiting for? We’ve been waiting since December 2010. There are those that think it’s taken too long to get to June 2012.”

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Unfortunately, Chairman Issa has rejected all of these efforts to reach a reasonable accommodation. Instead, he has chosen to use his authority to take an extraordinary, unprecedented and entirely unnecessary action, intended to provoke an avoidable conflict between Congress and the Executive Branch. This divisive action does not help us fix the problems that led to this operation or previous ones and it does nothing to make any of our law enforcement agents safer. It’s an election-year tactic intended to distract attention — and, as a result — has deflected critical resources from fulfilling what remains my top priority at the Department of Justice: Protecting the American people…

The American people deserve better. That is why, I will remain focused on, and committed to, the Justice Department’s mission to protect the rights, safety, and best interests of my fellow citizens and to stand by my brave colleagues in law enforcement.

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Chairman Issa should file suit in federal court in DC and seek expedited action. There is no need for Senate action. The use of this procedure has been acknowledged by the Congressional Research Service in a 2007 study. Further, a privilege log should be sought by Issa and ordered produced immediately by the court, in camera inspection done promptly by the judge, and a final order entered compelling production of all documents for which no legitimate reason justifies Executive Privilege.

Yes, some documents may be covered by EP, but the blanket attachment of that label flouts the law and the Constitution, and harms the legitimate assertion of EP by Presidents of either party in the future. The Constitution is far too important to be subject to the caprice of this President and an AG who, on its face, wants to be free from scrutiny about why he testified falsely before a Committee of Congress.

Executive Privilege is a very important implied executive power, used in various forms since the presidency of George Washington. Therefore, it’s misuse and abuse, to cover-up wrongdoing, conceal embarrassing information, or advance a political agenda, diminishes the ability of future presidents to assert it legitimately.

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“It’s clear that this is nothing more than a political witch hunt to distract from the fact that Republicans in Congress have no interest in focusing on what we need to focus on, which is jobs and the economy,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”…

Wasserman Schultz … claimed Republicans were taking advantage of the issue to distract from voting on two major pieces of legislation this summer involving transportation and student loan interest rates.

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Even with his fawning press, [President Obama] will pay a price for this one. He knows this, meaning that the documents now to be withheld must be dynamite. They have to show either that Holder knew what was going on with Fast and Furious and approved it, or that he directly committed perjury in his Congressional testimony, or both. I just can’t see any other explanation for such a risky move.

Wasn’t the Washington Post just covering big time the 40th anniversary of Watergate? I wonder how much coverage this one will get.

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President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege in the “Fast and Furious” scandal is the latest in a series of recent reminders that an incumbent president is not to be underestimated. He has substantial powers at his disposal, even when he’s wounded by a sluggish economy…

It goes in line with the president’s unilateral expansion of his discretionary authority in immigration cases, the undeclared cyber war against Iran, or the use of drones in attacks on terrorist targets, even U.S. citizens. Congress has ceded power to the White House in the last 30 years, and Republican and Democratic presidents have not hesitated to exploit the situation. In an election year, as Mitt Romney is discovering, an incumbent like Obama can stage an impressive display of presidential forcefulness…

The Republicans want more documents. It is a slow summer on Capitol Hill. A farm bill counts as major legislation. The House Republicans will take advantage of Obama’s claim of privilege to shake their fists in fury, and fill the Congressional Record with savage innuendo. But unless they bend, they’re not getting the documents.

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Brown, earlier in the segment, had already accused Issa of “leading a lynch-like mob” against Holder.

Holder made the same accusation in December. “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” Holder told the New York Times, “both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”

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Via the Corner.


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Good morning, everybody! I’m late to the party this AM. Ill have to watch the Moaning Joe rerun at 8:00. I did watch NBC News last night. Brian Williams called it a ” causitc partisan issue”, then played tape of all the Dem members of the committee accussing Issa of a witch hunt. His regular viewers sat there scratching their heads, no doubt.

Oh, and Michael Steele is a giant douche. So is Lanny Davis, but I don’t expect him to be anything else. Steele should know better.

Naturally Curly on June 21, 2012 at 7:51 AM

the only dead people that the dems care about are the ones that vote

PERFECT

cmsinaz on June 21, 2012 at 7:42 AM

cmsinaz:Yup:)

canopfor on June 21, 2012 at 7:53 AM

canopfor on June 21, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Love that link! Thanks!

Lime in the Coconut on June 21, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Lime in the Coconut:Anytime:)

canopfor on June 21, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Naturally Curly on June 21, 2012 at 7:51 AM

I’d forgotten about Michael Steele…

OmahaConservative on June 21, 2012 at 7:55 AM

canopfor on June 21, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Kewl. Bookmarked…

OmahaConservative on June 21, 2012 at 7:47 AM

OmahaConservative:No more static/fading!:)

canopfor on June 21, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Naturally Curly on June 21, 2012 at 7:51 AM

i know…cripe sake…too much time with the mdsnc folks

cmsinaz on June 21, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Going back to bed. Didn’t sleep much last night…

OmahaConservative on June 21, 2012 at 7:59 AM

kingsjester on June 21, 2012 at 7:45 AM

What gets me are those in the “right leaning” media who still seem to have no clear idea of the facts about Fast and Furious.

Where the hell have these people been during the past year and a half?

Don’t they read anything other than NYT and WaPo? Haven’t they watched Sharyl Atkinson’s reports? Haven’t they read Katie Pavlich’s book?

You don’t really have to answer. I’m totally convinced that 99% of “the media” are totally clueless to the world around them.

Flora Duh on June 21, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Oh, and Michael Steele is a giant douche. So is Lanny Davis, but I don’t expect him to be anything else. Steele should know better.

Naturally Curly on June 21, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Naturally Curly:Yup,Lanny Davis,Clintons #1 supporter,and hes
with the Former RNC Spokesman….terrific!:)

canopfor on June 21, 2012 at 8:00 AM

OmahaConservative on June 21, 2012 at 7:59 AM

take care OC

cmsinaz on June 21, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Going back to bed. Didn’t sleep much last night…

OmahaConservative on June 21, 2012 at 7:59 AM

:(

But seasons change.

Lime in the Coconut on June 21, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Going back to bed. Didn’t sleep much last night…

OmahaConservative on June 21, 2012 at 7:59 AM

OmahaConservative:Take care…Omaha:)

canopfor on June 21, 2012 at 8:02 AM

For LSM Bobble-Heads

Lime in the Coconut on June 21, 2012 at 8:03 AM

OmahaConservative on June 21, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Praying for your friend’s recovery, OC.

Naturally Curly on June 21, 2012 at 8:03 AM

As I said on Twitter yesterday, Carolyn Maloney looks like an unmade bed. With a hangover.

Naturally Curly on June 21, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Love the TuneIn link, Canopfor. Thanks!

Naturally Curly on June 21, 2012 at 8:07 AM

What a complete LOSER!
- He called Bush ‘Un-Patriotic’ for adding $4 Trillion in debt over 8 years and then HE added over $5 Trillion in 3 years.
– He criticized other Presidents for frivolously using Executive Privilege & now HE uses it to try to keep Holder from being found In Contempt. (So much for ‘transparency’!)
You can now see a picture of Obama under the definition of ‘Flip-Flopper’ & ‘Liar’!

easyt65 on June 21, 2012 at 8:07 AM

you were not kidding marcus….unstinkingbelievable….

cmsinaz on June 21, 2012 at 8:07 AM

the gop is only doing this because he is a bad guy-
john heileman…

go home bub

cmsinaz on June 21, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Barack Kardashian Obama just reached out and personally put the albatross around his own neck…

This should hound him for the rest of the campaign…

Proposed Romney question(s) during the debates:

“Mister President: how many more ATF and ICE agents have to die before we really find out what you’re hiding behind the cloak of Executive Privilege? What did you know and when did you know it?”

Follow up: “Mister President: how many more Mexican citizens will die because of your Administration’s failed Fast & Furious operation? What did you know and when did you know it?”

Khun Joe on June 21, 2012 at 8:18 AM

I imagine Hilary and Bill are cracking open a bottle of expensive champaign right about now. I wonder what their role in all this was.

bitsy on June 21, 2012 at 8:24 AM

you were not kidding marcus….unstinkingbelievable….

cmsinaz on June 21, 2012 at 8:07 AM

They did some editing in the replay. Cut out something.

Willie says “Agent Terry’s family has released a statement saying the murder of their son should be more important than an attempt at cover up for an Administration in an election year” and Scarborough says, “Wait, what? Repeat that.” And Willie says “Agent Terry’s family has released a statement saying the murder of their son should be more important than an attempt at cover up for an Administration in an election year.” Scarborough then had said he hadn’t “heard that.”

MSNBC edited out the “wait, repeat that” in the 2nd segment.

HACKS. All of them. How obvious was it Scarborough wanted that said TWICE originally but still wants his MSNBC paycheck.

Marcus on June 21, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Yepper Marcus

Hacks

cmsinaz on June 21, 2012 at 8:32 AM

I imagine Hilary and Bill are cracking open a bottle of expensive champaign right about now. I wonder what their role in all this was.

bitsy on June 21, 2012 at 8:24 AM

I’m not so sure about that. The State Department is required to sign-off on any transport of weapons out of the country. Hillary testified that the DOJ didn’t seek “a license” to her knowledge. Of course, she then went on to confuse the issue.

Hillary Clinton:‘No Evidence’ DOJ Sought Required License to Send Guns to Mexico in ‘Fast and Furious’

Flora Duh on June 21, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Proposed Romney question(s) during the debates:

“Mister President: how many more ATF and ICE agents have to die before we really find out what you’re hiding behind the cloak of Executive Privilege? What did you know and when did you know it?”

Follow up: “Mister President: how many more Mexican citizens will die because of your Administration’s failed Fast & Furious operation? What did you know and when did you know it?”

Khun Joe on June 21, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Romney needs to stay out of this other than in generalities about appreciating our check-and-balance system and discussing transparency in government. The executive privilege debate is between the Executive and Congressional branches of government. Calling Obama out directly as “killing Mexican citizens” makes him come off like a bully when you’ve got all the douchebags of the left minimizing this as nothing more than a few administrative errors.

Romney is better advised to call the jug-eared Kenyan on the 40 months of negative job growth, the high unemployment rate, the irresponsible spending, and all the other failures in the area of jobs and the economy.

Happy Nomad on June 21, 2012 at 8:46 AM

All this stuff goes in the same sealed box with the other stuff–birth certificate, college records, on and on……

dragondrop on June 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

As I said on Twitter yesterday, Carolyn Maloney looks like an unmade bed. With a hangover.

Naturally Curly on June 21, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Funniest thing about it, every time she reappeared on camera she was more disheveled than the last time, like Lloyd Bridges in Airplane!. Like someone was under her dais.

de rigueur on June 21, 2012 at 9:54 AM

“This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” Holder told the New York Times, “. . . and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”

Don’t fret, Holder and Barky. We’ll make sure your white parts go to the slammer, right along with your black ‘uns. It’s a matter of Fairness . . . and to prove we’re not RAAAAAAACIST.

Anna Wintour must be soiling herself, imagining what a fashion statement these insufferable tw@ts are going to make in their orange jumpsuits.

TheClearRiver on June 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Typical LSM Politico trying to cover up the cover up. Hey Politico we know who you are, we don’t believe you. Move along….TOOLS!

neyney on June 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Romney needs to stay out of this other than in generalities about appreciating our check-and-balance system and discussing transparency in government. The executive privilege debate is between the Executive and Congressional branches of government.

Every time he’s asked about it, Romney should quote Senator Obama’s and other Democrat’s criticism of Bush’s use of Executive Privilege.

Socratease on June 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

stenwin77 on June 21, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Sure thing. 0 sucks!, 0 is done! Hows that suit ya?

Bmore on June 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

stenwin77 on June 21, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Why look, I even have a tune to go with it.

Bmore on June 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Anyone…Go ahead, call me a racist. (Then give me an example where high-profile black folks have to adhere to the law!)

RedCrow on June 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM

I am willing to do so Mr Crow. Lets not pretend. Diversity wins in the work place..Not skill..The fire fighters had to lower there test standings where? Chicago..cuz they they could not pass the entrance exam..racist of course.
Equality doesn’t exist. Wake up.
Social Justice wins the day. Are you white? lol to you.

bazil9 on June 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

bazil9, no wonder I missed you. ; )

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 3:40 AM

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