Henry, stop being a wuss!
Come on! Don't you get it:
Vice President Cheney's office has refused to comply with an executive order governing the handling of classified information for the past four years and recently tried to abolish the office that sought to enforce those rules, according to documents released by a congressional committee yesterday.
Cheney's office argued that it is exempt from the rules in this case because it is not strictly an executive branch agency. [although the President is!]
"He's saying he's above the law," said Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which released a series of correspondence yesterday outlining the situation. "It just seems to me this is arrogant and shows bad judgment."
I'd give that a B- for framing and reality-basing.
Cheney's novel and bizarre legal theory that the Vice President is a Fourth Branch of Government is arrogant, does show bad judgment, and does say that Cheney's above the law.
And all that's bad enough, but it's not the central point. The real point is this:
Cheney's doctrine is part of a broad based assault on Constitutional government that's been taken by the Bush administration. The assault didn't begin with 9/11, but has been carefully nurtured and prepared for, by the Federalist Society among others, over thirty years of burgeoning conservative ascendancy.
Does Waxman even understand this? Does any Democrat on the Hill?
UPDATE More invective on Cheney's doctrinal novelties.