Bright Shiny Object Alert! If you’re wondering why John Boehner is leading his fellow Republicans in a highly-orchestrated hissy-fit explosion, it’s to distract the media’s attention from his going onto FOX GOP News and gabbing classified information to its viewers:
According to the Post, the reason for the administration’s feverish effort to get legislation to expand its surveillance powers under FISA is that earlier this year a FISA Court judge declared a key portion of the administration’s program illegal. The ruling of course was secret. And it seems that until now the White House had kept this information hidden form Congress.
So why are we finding this out now? Well, that’s another interesting story. Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) went on Fox News Tuesday night and discussed the whole thing. But the very existence of the ruling is highly classified. So it seems he publicly revealed highly classified information.
Oooopsie! Between this and the news media’s finally making the connections between Grover- Norquist-style starving and abuse of government services and the collapse of our nation’s infrastructure, John Boehner and the Republicans have a lot of stuff from which they’d love distract us with bright shiny objects.
This isn’t the first time that Republicans have spread classified information around to heck and back just to score political points — and I’m not just talking about blowing the cover of CIA covert agent Valerie Plame.
Remember the Cox Report? The Gingrich- and Hastert-led Republican Congresses of the 1990s thought it was a brilliant idea to use the Cox Report to publicly release highly classified nuclear weapons data while they falsely accused Bill Clinton and Wen Ho Lee of selling our nuclear secrets to the Evil Red Chinese. Now Gingrich and Hastert’s successor, John Boehner, is pulling the exact same crap. Charming.
We interrupt this post to bring you some more silly toddlerific news: Bush, the Toddler-in-Chief, says he’s going to “order” Congress to stay in session until they give him a bill he wants, which he’s apparently legally able to do (at least with the ‘keeping them in session’ part, not with the cherry-picking of legislation part).
To which I say: Go right ahead, George. The DCCC and DSCC are already kicking the RSCC and RCCC’s butts when it comes to fundraising. Your boys and girls need the August fundraising time more than ours do. (Oh, and if you go through with this, guess what? No recess appointments for you! Plus, we get to hold more hearings and maybe even have time to draft articles of impeachment.)
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