Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The best response to Cheney's "I'm not part of the executive branch!" claim

... goes to Rep. Rahm Emanuel:

If Vice President Cheney believes his office is not an "entity within the executive branch," then a House Democratic leader says taxpayers shouldn't have to finance his executive expenses.

Cheney's office has claimed his constitutional role as president of the Senate also makes him part of the legislative branch and therefore is not covered by a presidential order requiring executive branch workers to report their numbers of classified and declassified government documents.

Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said Sunday that a court should decide whether the vice president belongs to the executive or legislative branch. "The vice president needs to make a decision," he said.

But wait! Couldn't we just ask Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to rule on this issue? After all, he's the country's top lawyer! Oh wait, he already was. BrandonIsADork is all over it:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was asked in January to resolve the legal dispute, but he has not yet ruled on the issue.
Mr. Gonzales didn't rule on this issue? Jeez...I can't imagine him doing anything suspicious, illegal, or deteriorating to the integrity of the Judicial branch. This whole administration makes me want to bash my head off a stack of Constitution posters until it bleeds.
Wait, is Brandon impugning the ironclad integrity of our esteemed Attorney General? This is the man described by the Washington Post as
a longtime Bush confidant whom the president nicknamed "Fredo."
If that doesn't give you confidence in Gonzales, I don't know what would. Check out this Youtube video, which plays on Gonzales's classy nighttime visit to his friend John Ashcroft:

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