Thursday, February 14, 2008

Contempt Citations Issued

After petulant obstruction by House Republicans (where they, among other thins, deliberately disrupted Rep. Tom Lantos' memorial service), the House of Representatives has voted to issue contempt citations against Harriet Miers and Josh Bolton for the refusal to testify in front of the committee.

And now for a statement that fills me with optimism and hope: The ball's in Mukasey's court now.

Unfortunately, there's no drama here, because Mukasey has already said he won't enforce the citations. Federal court, here we come!

UPDATE: On the Lantos thing, it appears there is some blame to be cast on both sides. I don't know why House leaders called the chamber back in session during the middle of the service. But there were no votes scheduled at the time, so its simply wrong that Republicans "had" to immediately get back to obstructing the debate. They could have waited 20 minutes, and then been as childish as they wanted. But instead they made a choice to get back on the horse right then and there, and they deserve to take all the flack for that free decision.

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