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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The Dubai Port Deal & The Ruination of Congress

COMES NOW CONGRESS in the throes of indignation and outrage; not just Democrats, who usually suffer that condition, but Republicans.

"In regards to selling American ports to the United Arab Emirates, not just NO — but HELL NO," conservative Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., wrote Bush in a terse letter on Wednesday that she also posted on her Web site. No matter that no American port is actually being sold, Bush faces a spreading rebellion among Republicans, Democrats and port-state governors. "I think somebody dropped the ball. Information should have flowed more freely and more quickly up into the White House. I think it has been mishandled in terms of coming forward with adequate information," said Rep. Vito Fossella, R-N.Y.

Even Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee and House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois threaten legislation to put the deal on hold.

Sorry, congress…you don’t matter anymore. Bush doesn’t care and your vaunted “core supporters” don’t really care all that much I am sure. The Rove Machine has the “core” all ginned up over immigration, gay marriage and child pornography initiatives. Furthermore, while Bush’s poll numbers are in the low 40’s, congress’ approval is in the low 30’s.

So who cares what you have to say? Certainly not the Whitehouse.

By allowing the Whitehouse to claim executive privilege, exercise War-Time powers of secrecy to the exclusion of congressional oversight for everything from Katrina to warrantless wiretaps, secret imprisonment and torture, congress has failed in its oversight and emboldened an already arrogant executive.

So now congress is wringing its hands. Like a jilted mistress, congress’ protests seem way too little and waaaay too ironic to take seriously.

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