Thursday, November 20, 2008

Such A Little Thing Makes A Big Difference

Michael Isikoff is a superb reporter, but there's a tendency among journalists to capture every single dispute with the Bush administration as the simple wranglings of two points on the political spectrum. When it comes to the protracted battles over any of the "unitary executive" powers that Bush took for himself -- from wiretapping, to secret prisons, to renditions, to torture, to the suspension of habeas corpus, etc. -- the issue is not a matter of left-versus-right. Rather, it is a conflict between those who believe in a rule of law and fundamental Constitutional rights and a President determined to flout both.
Basic civics is a radical concept, I guess.

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