Democrat demons have come into their own.
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On taking office, an incoming president might replace all incumbent U.S. Attorneys, as was done without comment in 1993. The appointments require Senate confirmation, and individual senators have by tradition had a strong say in who will serve, but it cannot be beyond the wit of a president to place several of our friends in office, and then let nature take its course.
One saw a hint of what this might mean in the 2012 election campaign, when an Obama campaign manager suggested that the Republican nominee had committed a felony under federal securities law. “Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony,” she said, “or he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments.” The charge went nowhere, except as one more element in a happily effective campaign. What was remarkable, however, was that no one much noted that the campaign had ascended into Khodorkovsky territory.
That’s not to say that presidents will throw opposition leaders into jail, as they do in Ukraine. However, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that right-wing press lords, investigative magazines, and major opposition donors will find themselves under criminal investigation. Or that IRS tax audits and Labor Department investigations will be shaped by political considerations—if only because all that seems to happen now.
Perhaps Act III is not so far away after all.
Your affectionate uncle,
P.S. I liked you better with the mustache.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?