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This Could Get Interesting
I've given up the search for a silver lining in the clouds that keep piling up on our nation's political horizon. Sometime soon it's going to rain. And we're bound to get some flash flooding in the process, washing away as many people on the Left as the Right and perhaps more. But the news is not without its surprises. Checking the headlines just now, I did a double-take when I read "Congress To Sue President?":
A powerful Republican committee chairman who has led the fight against President Bush's signing statements said Monday he would have a bill ready by the end of the week allowing Congress to sue him in federal court.

"We will submit legislation to the United States Senate which will...authorize the Congress to undertake judicial review of those signing statements with the view to having the president's acts declared unconstitutional," Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said on the Senate floor.

Specter's announcement came the same day that an American Bar Association task force concluded that by attaching conditions to legislation, the president has sidestepped his constitutional duty to either sign a bill, veto it, or take no action.
Many legal experts have been asking pointed questions about the signing statements Bush so frequently attaches to the legislation he signs -- he has already done so more than all other Presidents combined -- but the ante has definitely been upped when a Senator of Specter's standing takes this step. For all I know, it may mean that Pennsylvania moderate's political downfall. But his risky move -- you can imagine the fury the right-wing talk show hosts will offer in response -- at least holds the promise of livening up the domestic political landscape over the coming months.

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elf_owl From: elf_owl Date: July 25th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hm.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 25th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I really haven't the foggiest what this will amount to, if anything, but it certainly is worth a "Hm" or too.
xxxpunkxgrrlxxx From: xxxpunkxgrrlxxx Date: July 25th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i was pretty riled up this morning listening to an interview on NPR with some, i believe, writers for the Los Angeles Times who claimed that the political right is taking over the country or somesuch. here's to hoping that it's fiction.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 25th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, it's not fiction. A lot of the taking over has already been done. The question is whether enough Americans will care about the consequences of that take-over before it's too late to undo the damage. Things are bad right now, in oh so many ways.
xxxpunkxgrrlxxx From: xxxpunkxgrrlxxx Date: July 25th, 2006 06:40 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
well, yeah. i meant more that i hope it won't be fact for long. i hope the majority of this country's voters will manage to remove their heads from their asses before too long.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 25th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If that's even enough. . . :-(
tommix From: tommix Date: July 25th, 2006 06:19 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
800 times for Bush, according to the ABA. Compared to the 600 total for all presidents before Bush combined.
From: maruta_us Date: July 25th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

re: specter suing

But think about all the things some have asked Specter to sue for... warrantless spying... various aspects of the President's ability to conduct war (torture, interrogation policies)... In comparison, the signing statement is also important, but in an academic kind of way--do we know which bills Bush has appended signing statements to and whether his Administration has done anything to subvert the will of the Congress on them? Maybe suing here pre-empts the Administration from doing that, but it doesn't challenge the Administration in the way that a lawsuit over the warrantless spying stuff would have... Anyway, it will be interesting to watch.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 25th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: specter suing

Absolutely. I don't like Specter much. Never have. But interesting to watch nevertheless.
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