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Oh Yeah. Completely Logical.

photo-socks-the-cat.jpgWhat do you call a political party that thinks postage for a Presidential cat’s fan club requires a full-on Congressional investigation, but a President who admits on national television to breaking Federal law, repeatedly, only merits some committee "oversight," and spotty oversight at that?


I am ashamed to say that I had forgotten Dan Burton’s foray into "Socks-gate." And by the way, there was absolutely no substance to the fan club postage investigation, and Barbara Bush’s dog Millie had a fan club, too. Maybe Burton’s pet was jealous or something, or Dan Burton just had too much free time back then.

But it does create a vivid contrast in reaction from Republicans these days, doesn’t it? Hmmmm…let’s see: misrepresent intelligence to Congress and the American public to get us into the Iraq war; out a CIA NOC for political payback; misrepresent war costs once we are there, so that Congress has to continually appropriate millions billions; spy on the American public without warrants, violating the Fourth Amendment and the Presidential requirements of Article II of the Constitution requiring the President to faithfully follow all laws and the FISA laws as established by Congress; and…well, there’s more, but we all know that.

Clearly that cat fanclub thing was way more important than actual, publicly admitted lawbreaking.

(Huge hat tip to the Pensito Review for this story. A huge thank you to Pam’s House Blend for the heads up on this.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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