Just go read Froomkin (unless you want to sleep, tonight).
Reading Froomkin: It's like everything us DFH types have been saying for years, except it's worse than we ever imagined. Charlie Savage says that, yes, indeed, the executive branch is starting to take its cues from signing statements instead of the laws, so the theory of the unitary executive is starting to take root. (And even if a Democrat wins in 2008, you can bet that all the Republican/Christianist ringers, moles, stay-behind operatives, and sleeper cells are not just going to be looking to Bush's signing statements for guidance, they're going to be actively using them to write rules and regulations, and the Federalist Society will be using them as the basis for court challenges.)
And the entire West Wing just trashed their email routinely, in violation of the Presidential Records Act, and then they have the appalling chutzpah to turn around and claim that there's "no evidence of wrongdoing."
Yeah, there's no evidence because you destroyed all the evidence! Do you think I'm an absolute moron? What is wrong with you?
It's exhausting. It's exhausting dealing with these people:
They're tireless in working evil, they never, never concede anything, they seem incapable of empathy or introspection, and impervious to any form of oversight or limit on their power.
They're as insane as we always said they were, they're very well paid for doing what they do, and they've got cushy jobs lined up for the rest of their lives spreading more lies on TV.
I listen to NPR, or read the Times, or WaPo, or any of the majors, and there's really very little of relevance to our current plight. Sure, the war's going badly, but shit, we knew it was a crock from the beginning, and surprise! We were right and it turned out to be crock as big as the Ritz. Sure, Bush is breaking the law, and thumbing his nose at the Congress, and trashing the Constitution, and spying on everybody, but none of that's new. And sure, there's billions of dollars gone into the pockets of Halliburton and Christianist mercenaries, but we called that one, too. And don't get me started on our famously free press, as they run the 2000 playbook all over again, as if they never hated Gore, and never helped Bush seize power.
I feel like Cassandra. It's all happening, everything that we said was happening.
The Beltway is an even bigger swelling sack of pus than we ever thought it could be, and it fucking feels like nothing is being done. Does anybody up there get it? Where's the leverage? What is to be done?
It's exhausting being both right, and powerless.