The rage shown by Dennis Hastert and Nancy Pelosi may seem overblown to some. Today’s Washington Post editorial says as much. Disturbed enough by the unprecedented seizing of records from the office of Representative William Jefferson to do something jointly, the two have gotten the attention of President Bush. According to the Associated Press, the President has ordered that documents seized from the congressman’ s office be sealed for 45 days in an attempt to calm the tempest.
The President acknowledges the concerns of the House leaders, but has certainly not admitted that any mistakes or missteps were made by the administration.
The Post reasoned that a search warrant and subsequent seizing of records was all done appropriately.
After all, items seized had been subpoenaed months ago.
Isn’t this an odd bunch to be hard on folks who are slow about handing over evidence to investigators?
And isn’t it mind-boggling that this administration now bearing intense criticism from James Dobson, 11 retired generals who served in Iraq, 40 Nobel Laureates, and David Frum of the National Review, has even provoked Nancy Pelosi and Dennis Hastert to cooperate?
I heard today that the Dixie Chicks have recanted their apology offered to President Bush for disrespecting the Office of the President.
I wonder how many the Chicks would roil if they said today what they said in 2003?