Bush Administration Cannibalism Department
Finally! Much Delayed...

Fire David Broder Today (Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps?/Washington Post Department)

Five years. I give the Post as we know it five years. Today David Broder comes out against accountability:

David S. Broder - Congress's Oversight Offensive - washingtonpost.com: Ten weeks into the new Congress, it is clear that revelation, not legislation, is going to be its real product. While President Bush threatens to use his veto pen to stop some bills and Senate Republicans block other measures from even reaching his desk, no force in Washington can halt the Democrats' investigative juggernaut from uncovering the secrets inside this administration....

You have to feel a twinge of sympathy now for the Bush appointees who suddenly find unsympathetic Democratic chairmen such as Henry Waxman, John Conyers, Patrick Leahy and Carl Levin investigating their cases. Even if those appointees are scrupulously careful about their actions now, who knows what subpoenaed memos and e-mails in their files will reveal about the past?...

With their major initiatives, from a minimum-wage boost to a shutdown of the Iraq war, stymied by Republican opposition, the Democrats are understandably making "accountability" their new goal -- meaning more and more investigations....

The Democratic sponsors said that this accountability offensive is exactly what people voted for in November, meeting what Waxman termed "the public's call for fundamental reform." Accountability is certainly important, but Democrats must know that people were really voting for action on Iraq, health care, immigration, energy and a few other problems...

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