Monday, February 23, 2009

Nice idea though I sincerely doubt it'll go far enough

Senate Chairman says he'd investigate Democrats who backed Bush policies:
In a little noticed one-line remark on Sunday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) endorsed the investigation of Democrats who approved of President George W. Bush's policies as president that he aims to review as part of a "truth commission."

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Speaking to the New York Times' Scott Shane, "Mr. Leahy said he has learned that the temptation to abuse powers in a crisis is bipartisan and the commission’s review should include the role of Democrats in Congress in approving the Bush policies. The work should be done in one year, he added, to avert accusations that it was being dragged out for political gain."
H/t Avedon Carol. I'm not surprised that Obama has been tepid toward the whole truth commission idea. I'm sure that there are plenty of other Dems who would be potential targets unhappy about it as well. Needs to be done. Should have been done much earlier, like when the abuses (and that's understating things considerably) began, and I'm sure if such an investigation actually does transpire that it won't go nearly as far as it should (the ruling classes usually have no problem sacrificing one or two of their own to appease the masses, but they won't countenance a direct challenge to their legitimacy to rule).

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