But I always cite. I don’t know if all his readers are super-insightful, but he always manages to score some grand slam letters every couple of days. This one smashed somebody’s windshield in the parking lot:
I predict to a certainty that if a Democrat â€“ any Democrat â€“ wins the White House in November 2008, by mid-morning the day after that person is inaugurated in January of 2009, all the Republicans still in Congress, and all the Republicans on the federal bench, will suddenly find within themselves an all-consuming concern for the rule of law not to be vested in one man (or woman), for the centrality of checks and balances, for the overriding necessity for Congressional oversight, the supreme importance of impartial, apolitical administration of justice, and for the requirement in a free society that the government respect the privacy of all forms of communication between and among citizens. And they will be morally repelled by the idea of torture.
The Republican establishment does indeed believe in an autocratic Presidency, but only an autocratic Republican presidency. They are first, last, and always partisans, not patriots.
Andrew continually frets and quakes that Hillary Clinton will rush into office and scream “ALLZ YAH POWAH IS MINEZ!” with glee upon seeing all the benefits of the “unitary executive” granted to us by Cheney and his acolytes. Granted, one must have diminished expectations that the next President will rush to dismantle the throne that BushCo built, I don’t dispute that. But this reader nails the dynamic we will witness exactly. Before a Democrat is sworn in, Bush is likely to pull the plug on a few excesses, but the Republicans will become the Great Champions of the Constitution, pulling out their hair over the power vested in the executive branch (by themselves). Democrats will go right along with it, finally supported, but will be unlikely to sieze the credit in the public eye. The MSM will likely report it as a devastating defeat for the Democrat President, and tell stories of how Republicans were always stalwart believers in the Constitution.
The GOP is a sick and addled beast right now, thoroughly depraved and adrift. They were only ever an opposition party, and actually holding power was devastating for them, because everybody could see what happened when these flaming nutbags had an ounce of power. They can only be useful to America as an opposition party, offering some counterbalance and criticism of Democrat excesses and mistakes. Republicans in power = Habeus Who? Republicans out of power = Fast track to restoring the Constitution.
What can I say? Keep them out of the driver’s seat, keep them from having enough seats to filibuster, but if you tuck’em way in the backseat and occasionally bother to listen to them, they can potentially be halfway useful.