If you have "no place to go," come here!

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!]

Now Waxman:

"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.

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Looking back on the whole rotten Bush-Cheney administration, I think you got it right: "Cheney’s doctrine is part of a broad based assault on Constitutional government that’s been taken by the Bush administration."

Everything Cheney has done, starting with his self-selection as vice president (the "election" was a foregone conclusion--just ask the Supreme Court), has broken tradition, precedent, and law. Gonzales' record provides another example of one defiant provocation after another.

And every time the administration got away with another transgression, it puffed up its chest a little more and moved on to the next. I didn't understand why they engaged in so much apparently unnecessary outlaw behavior--calling attention to themselves by their shameless cronyism, politicization, and profiteering and their insistence on keeping everything secret--but your formulation makes sense. The challenges to constitutional and congressional authority have to be public to lower our esteem for the legislative and judicial branches of government and to teach us to accept executive supremacy.

You're right to remind Waxman to buck up. He'd better get a big posse together, because these outlaws don't intend to quit until they are forced to or until they have bled us dry. Then we'll have to look for them in Dubai and Paraguay, I guess.

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Reid and Waxman should move to make him subject to the Constitutional authority of Congress to make rules for its members. Chaney has asked for it, now give him what he says he wants!

Submitted by lambert on

Except, I think Cheney's claim is that he's neither fish nor fowl...

No authoritarians were tortured in the writing of this post.

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Cheney’s claim is that he’s neither fish nor fowl…

When the contradictions start to add up, it's a good thing right? Here you have an administration that claims to understand everything with Manichean clarity, run by a puppeteer who refuses to provide any clear description of his existence:

Too pale to survive on the surface of the Earth, disappearing into undisclosed locations where he meets with entities that hover somewhere between persons and corporations, he's neither fish nor fowl, neither dead nor alive, neither superior nor subordinate, able to meddle everywhere but responsible for nothing, ...

I like my fellow coward's suggestion that Congress accept him into the fold with a very tight embrace.

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find out who cuts Cheneykins & Co's paychecks.

Cut it off. Obviously if he isn't Executive branch it can't come out of those funds; if he's not Legislative there is no law permitting them to pay him either.

Greg Sargent over at TPM has the chart Raum Emmanuel made up showing the revised depiction of the Branches of Government, suitable for social studies/civics textbooks and Jon Stewart's sequel to America: The Book:

Dick Cheney

See, youze all should have paid more attention last week when I laid out the case for the abolition of the office of Vice President. Impeachment of the current usurper is of course important but we must always give thought to the future and the obligation of every generation to "bring forth a more perfect Union" to coin a phrase.

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5 USC § 2106. Member of Congress

Subpart A - General Provisions

For the purpose of this title, "Member of Congress" means the Vice President, a member of the Senate or the House of Representatives, a Delegate to the House of Representatives, and the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.

(Pub. L. 89-554, Sept. 6, 1966, 80 Stat. 409; Pub. L. 91-405, title II, Sec. 204(b), Sept. 22, 1970, 84 Stat. 852; Pub. L. 96-54, Sec. 2(a)(7), Aug. 14, 1979, 93 Stat. 381.)

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Submitted by leah on

To hell with impeachment, just defund the Office of the Vice-President. Defund now.

This is a claim that the average American can understand is ludicrous, insulting, and essentially a poison-pen letter to the U.S. Constitution from Dick Cheney.

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I have repeatedly written to my Congressman and Senators demanding/urging them to get on with the process of bringing the Bush/Cheney criminals to end their criminal acts and face justice. As part of this, I have written that Cheney should be impeached and suponaed. If he fails to respond, he should be declared in comtempt of Congress and thrown in jail the next time he shows up on Capitol Hill. Maybe there are more things to try, I like defunding but I dislike the precident. Simply muddling through 'till 2009 makes the situation worse, and rachets up the misbehavior we can expect the next time the Republican (or whatever they will call themselves by then) gets into the White House.

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In other Blogs they are comparing Cheney and the Bush "Administration" to the Gambino Mafia Family.

Now I do have my own theory as to why Mr. Cheny believes himself to be "Il Capo Di Tutti Capi" in this Administration.

First of all "W" is not all there. After all is not for nothing that an entire multi-millon Dollar industry about "Bushisms" and other incoherences constantly produced by the "Decider in Chef" keep's the world wandering why on hearth the American people elected him in the first place.

Second of all and more importantly, Cheney's hearth problems trugh the years have left him with the following problems;

A) Deprived of a steady supply of Oxygen to his brain, the poor fellow believes on a good day that he is a part of the Executive Branch, on his fair days that he is a part of the Blues Brothers on a mission from God and accountable to no man, and on his bad days he just does not give a shit who he is, or where he is.

B) The constant suffering that his hearth problems and daily meetings at "W"'s play-pen has left him utterly bitter, angry, and looking for revange and blood. As a result Mr. Cheney spends his days looking at ways to torture people, kidnap inocent American citizens and declare them "Enemy Combatants" , ease drop on you guy's GrandMa, expanding Gitmo into a franchise, promoting Rush Limbaugh for a Supreme Court Justice job, trying to poison "W"'s dog, and shooting at lawyers just for fun.

Now, I am a Gambino from Jersey and I can tell you all that this Mafia business is way overrated, in fact the Mafia does not exist any more than the so called "Executive Branch" . I am an honest citizen and make a living in my Restoranti named "Don Vito". So please stop comparing me to our derranged blod thirsty VP.

OH and one more thing. We shoot a hell of a lot better than Mr. Cheney.... When we are out hunting of course.

Barabyn Barabam.

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You want framing? Revolve everything around one word: dangerous. A dangerous assault on the constitution. Dangerously oblivious. Dangerous values. Hits them where they think they're strongest; it's true, and appeals to Americans' sense of vulnerability.

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Hey this is not the real world we are talking about are we? America run by the mafia? Whats new? The criminal culture of the "firm" is nothing surprising in a world where criminal presidents have the all clear to murder from the criminal public. Hey git yer guns its time to start shootin them baddies agin pardner. Lets do it in Afgaheestan or I-rak. But Don Georgino I am not what I appear to be. Or maybe I am just a manifestation of all your subconscious fears or am I Dick "Shoot thet dumb arse" Cheney? B'dee B'dee B'dee thats all folks.