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A few political links

  • Report: Voting problems in several swing states Source: CNN
    It has been eight long years since the hanging chads of 2000. Why are we still having these problems, especially in Florida and Ohio? So much for "never again."


  • Todd Palin: 'first dude' or 'shadow governor?' Source: CNN
    I have plenty of thoughts on Sarah Palin, but I haven't blogged about her because I haven't wanted to add to the press frenzy. However, this is completely inappropriate on-the-job conduct. I don't CC my husband on my work projects, and he doesn't CC me on his. People in the private sector get fired for exactly this sort of thing, and there's a whole Sarbanes-Oxley compliance educational video that we have to sign off on each year -- in which it discusses potential conflicts of interest. There's actual proof: go down to the 13th paragraph. Tell me, if elected, will she be CCing him on matters of national security? As for the campaign secretary trying to defend it as spousal privilege of using him as an assistant, um, that's why you hire an actual administrative assistant. So there's a paper trail and everything is legitimate with the appropriate clearances. You know, like a real government should operate. Oh, and instead of responding to legal requests, they're just going to avoid and ignore the subpoenas relating to the investigation of Palin's firing of Alaska's safety commissioner. Way to abide by the law, and way to set an example for how you'd lead. I hope the folks ignoring them get arrested.


  • Cheney must keep records, judge orders Source: CNN
    To get additional perspective on this story, I highly recommend reading another story - the excerpts from Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by Barton Gellman over at the Washington Post based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning series. I found the internal conflict in the Bush administration about the warrantless domestic surveillance program especially interesting. Here's a small snippet:

    In the fourth year of his presidency, a man who claimed the final word was forced by subordinates to comply with their ruling on the law. Ashcroft, Comey, Goldsmith, Philbin -- believers, one and all, in the "unitary executive branch" -- obliged the commander in chief to stand down. For the first time, a president claimed in writing that he alone could say what the law was. A rebellion, in direct response, became so potent a threat that Bush reversed himself in a day.


    This bit is also telling:
    In his Park Avenue corner suite at Cerberus Global Investments, Dan Quayle recalled the moment he learned how much his old job had changed. Cheney had just taken the oath of office, and Quayle paid a visit to offer advice from one vice president to another.

    "I said, 'Dick, you know, you're going to be doing a lot of this international traveling, you're going to be doing all this political fundraising . . . you'll be going to the funerals,' " Quayle said in an interview earlier this year. "I mean, this is what vice presidents do. I said, 'We've all done it.' "

    Cheney "got that little smile," Quayle said, and replied, "I have a different understanding with the president."

    "He had the understanding with President Bush that he would be -- I'm just going to use the word 'surrogate chief of staff,' " said Quayle, whose membership on the Defense Policy Board gave him regular occasion to see Cheney privately over the following four years.


I might have to read that one.

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