Andrew Sullivan in Full Intellectual Meltdown

First, here is the entire post:

A great idea. The man is a war criminal, and has done more to undermine our Constitutional balance than any man since Richard Nixon. Secretive, incompetent, belligerent, contemptuous of the rule of law, there is barely a bad decision this president has made that doesn’t have Cheney’s fingerprints on it. Of course, the Democrats are scared of taking on this man. But they are, by and large, a bunch of empty suits (and one botoxed empty pant-suit). I’m delighted the Congress is finally tackling the issue of the vice-president’s attack on the constitution. If done right, it could help air the fundamental indecency that Cheney represents. But, of course, it won’t be done right. Which is why I remain someone who, abandoned by the current Republicans, still can’t even think of identifying as a Democrat.

I can not understand how he could have read the article in question and come to the conclusion that Congress is actually trying to tackle this issue. Of course, this is a man who thinks Glenn Reynolds has been silent on the drug war, so obviously he other doesn’t read what he writes about, or he has lost touch with reality. I am speechless that he has this so fundamentally wrong.

Thanks to Pejman, who followed the link in this post (I just missed it) we learn what Andrew thinks is something to celebrate. First Andrew:

The constitution stirs.

Wait and let your anticipation build for this stirring from the graves of Jefferson, Madison, Adams and Hamilton before you follow the link and find this:

Bush brushed aside significant objections from Capitol Hill, even from Republicans, in vetoing legislation that provides $23 billion for projects like repairing hurricane damage, restoring wetlands and preventing flooding in communities across the nation.


Bush objected to $9 billion in projects added during negotiations between the House and Senate. He hoped that his action, even though it is sure not to hold, would cast him as a friend to conservatives who demand a tighter rein on federal spending.

I’ll let Pejman take it from here:

Evidently, by protecting pork barrel water projects, Madisonian democracy is being preserved against the ravages of the neocons. I wonder if Sullivan is on autopilot when he blogs or whether he just thinks that none of his readers are energetic enough to do what he ought to have done in the first place and closely peruse the posts and stories he tries to make public.

The problem is that this kind of thing has become the norm.

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