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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

If I Were An Advisor to President Bush...

...I'd tell him to sign the Iraq Budget Supplement WITH the pullout deadline. And I'd tell him to add a one line signing statement, "The President will enforce this act consistent with his powers as commander-in-chief." And then I'd wait for the Democrats to start howling, because there will be NOTHING they can do about this until at least the actual deadline runs and even then, the courts won't get involved in an intra-branch dispute when they could dodge it by invoking the "political question" doctrine. Then what's left? Impeachment or nothing. If the Bush White House really wants a constitutional Battle of Armageddon with Congress, this would be a blockbuster.
UPDATE: Slate has picked up on my fiendish solution. So, President Bush, if you are reading this, please note that this blog entry does NOT constitute a contract, nor initiate any attorney-client relationship. In other words, you're on your own.

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Blogger muleboy303 said...

such a 'signing statement' solution makes more "sense" everyday.

it would give the troops/war the money, give Cheney the "constitutional crisis" legal fight that he so longs for (on ground favorable to the executive branch), it would make the anti-war DEMS go nuts, and would, believe it or not, make W look "smart" (in a political sense)

but so far the DEMS on Capitol Hill have wisely chosen to work the DOJ/politics scandals, since their complicity in enabling the war, their fear of looking weak, and their allegiance to AIPAC precludes them from taking on the W Administration directly on the Intel and execution of the Iraq war.
(the proof was in Pelosi's stripping the "W can't attack Iran w/o Congressional approval provision in the Iraq funding bill only a few hours after having her remarks booed at AIPAC)

should be a most entertaining and interesting summer.

3/31/2007 8:10 AM  

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