Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tell me again why Republicans in this country get to make up their own rules as they go? I’m a bit fuzzy on that point.

Once again, Republicans in a government being investigated for something that looks to be rather shady activity are refusing to honor subpoenas. From AP, via the Seattle Times:

JUNEAU, Alaska —

Alaska's investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power, a potentially damaging distraction for John McCain's presidential campaign, ran into intensified resistance Tuesday when the attorney general said state employees would refuse to honor subpoenas in the case.

In a letter to state Sen. Hollis French, the Democrat overseeing the investigation, Republican Attorney General Talis Colberg asked that the subpoenas be withdrawn. He also said the employees would refuse to appear unless either the full state Senate or the entire Legislature votes to compel their testimony.

Uh, huh. Yes, I see. So now, I guess the “full Senate or the entire Legistlature” must vote to show that they really, REALLY mean it. Just an ordinary subpoena isn’t good enough anymore. So, just when did that happen again?

It’s breathtaking what Republicans are getting away with these days. If Democrats EVER did something like this, they would be crucified in the public media, and rightfully so. But for some reason, it’s not a big deal if Republicans do it. Harriet Miers and Karl Rove still haven’t shown up to honor their subpeaonas. How long has it been that they have been in open violation of the laws of this country? More than half a year, I believe.

If laws in this country are that arbitrary, such that anyone can just decide whether or not that particular law applies to them, we are in really big trouble. Of course, it isn’t like that at all. “Little people” must still follow the rules. Democrats must still follow the rules. Republicans in power, well, they have their own standards, I guess. Must really be nice.

This certainly knocks down that silly assertion on the part of the McCain campaign that they would be “agents of change”. Looks like the same old Karl Rove BS to me. “Mavericks?” Yeah, I suppose if you are talking about them really bucking the stale old notions of following the laws of this country.

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