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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: These Are Not the Droids You Are Looking For

“Gonzales has said he participated in no discussions and saw no memos about plans to carry out the firings on Dec. 7 that Democrats contend were politically motivated.
His schedule, however, shows he attended at least one hourlong meeting, on Nov. 27, where he approved a detailed plan to execute the prosecutors’ firings.”
-MSNBC, March 25, 2007

“Witch hunts! Blatant witch hunts by the Democrat party! That is why Fearless Leader is standing by Alberto ‘Thumbscrews’ Gonzales. He knows that Alberto has done nothing wrong, and he wants to avoid the spectacle of making his other top advisors, Harriet ‘I Love You’ Miers and Karl ‘Bush’s Brain’ Rove, testify. There is precedent. This Administration has blocked transparency before. Just remember back to vice-Leader Dick Cheney’s energy task force.”

“On Tuesday, Vice President Dick Cheney, represented by Solicitor General Theodore Olson, will be a petitioner before the Supreme Court in a case arising out of his battle with two antagonists, the Sierra Club and the gadfly group Judicial Watch.
In the case, called Cheney vs. U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the vice president is urging the justices to block his adversaries from using the legal discovery process to get documents revealing the workings of the National Energy Policy Development Group, a task force Cheney headed three years ago.”
-MSNBC, April 26, 2004

“See? There was nothing there to see, so the Administration blocked it. They are just trying to keep the White House from becoming some kind of media spectacle.”

“Former Deputy Interior Secretary Steven Griles will plead guilty to one count of obstruction of justice in the Jack Abramoff corruption investigation, The Associated Press has learned.
Griles, an oil and gas lobbyist who became an architect of President Bush’s energy policies while at the Interior Department between July 2001 and July 2005, is the highest ranking Bush administration official implicated in the Washington lobbying scandal.
Griles and Abramoff met on March 1, 2001, through Federici, a Republican environmental activist. One week later, Griles, who had been serving on Bush’s transition team for Interior, was nominated by the president as deputy to Interior Secretary Gale Norton.
Second in rank only to Norton, Griles effectively was Interior’s chief operating officer while at the agency between July 2001 and January 2005, and its top representative on Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy task force.”
-Associated Press, March 23, 2007

"We need an energy bill that encourages consumption."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, Sept. 23, 2002

“Um.. Well, I’m sure that that was just a coincidence. It isn’t like they would politicize Washington. Time and time again they’ve told us how we all, both Democrat and Republican, need to work together to help keep this country great. I’m sure that they would never put partisan politics into the fine work that they are doing for America.”

“Witnesses have told congressional investigators that the chief of the General Services Administration and a deputy in Karl Rove's political affairs office at the White House joined in a videoconference earlier this year with top GSA political appointees, who discussed ways to help Republican candidates.
With GSA Administrator Lurita Alexis Doan and up to 40 regional administrators on hand, J. Scott Jennings, the White House's deputy director of political affairs, gave a PowerPoint presentation on Jan. 26 of polling data about the 2006 elections.
On Wednesday, Doan is scheduled to appear before Waxman's committee to answer questions about the videoconference and other issues. The committee is investigating whether remarks made during the videoconference violated the Hatch Act, a federal law that restricts executive-branch employees from using their positions for political purposes. Those found in violation of the act do not face criminal penalties but can be removed from their jobs.”
-Washington Post, March 26, 2007

“See? No criminal penalties! It isn’t really against the law then. Still, the Democrats are upset with Fearless Leader, and now even some of Fearless Leader’s own party seem to be getting in on the act.”

“With his go-it-alone approach on Iraq, President Bush is flouting Congress and the public, so angering lawmakers that some consider impeachment an option over his war policy, a senator from Bush’s own party said Sunday.
GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a frequent critic of the war, stopped short of calling for Bush’s impeachment. But he made clear that some lawmakers viewed that as an option should Bush choose to push ahead despite public sentiment against the war.
‘Any president who says, I don’t care, or I will not respond to what the people of this country are saying about Iraq or anything else, or I don’t care what the Congress does, I am going to proceed — if a president really believes that, then there are — what I was pointing out, there are ways to deal with that,’ said Hagel, who is considering a 2008 presidential run.”
-Associated Press, March 25, 2007

“Why does Chuck Hagel hate America?”


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