“House Panel Votes To Hold Holder in Contempt”
If something more comes of this, I’ll be absolutely shocked. I mean, just look at how the WSJ reports on this:
White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Mr. Obama’s reasoning was similar to that of former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Mr. Schultz said the other presidents “protected the same category of documents we’re protecting today,” meaning after-the-fact internal materials.
It was the first time Mr. Obama cited executive privilege, compared with six times for Mr. Bush and 14 times for Mr. Clinton during their eight-year tenures. Under the doctrine of executive privilege, presidents have sought to withhold from Congress documents relating to internal deliberations of the executive branch of government.
– Uh huh. Except that Obama claims there were no such deliberations, because the higher-ups didn’t know a thing about the program, meaning that the evocation of executive privilege is nonsensical.
Regardless, once the GOP’s House leadership sees that the media will attempt to create a Bush equivalence (and draw a distinction between the sleazy Clinton and the Won, who has never before cited executive privilege), they’ll back down, albeit with a lot of strong words of condemnation followed, predictably, by no substantive action.
Theater, is what this is. Political theater meant to stoke the partisan flames and distract from consolidation of the permanent ruling class. Behind the scenes, business as usual, as the hurryup statists and the patient statists jockey for the next four years of lordship over their subjects.
Call me cynical, but that’s my take.