Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Waxman's folly

When last heard from, Henry Waxman was still chasing the Plamegate will-o'-th'-wisp. Now, he wants to outlaw Karl Rove:
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who has primary jurisdiction over the executive branch, is considering legislation to eliminate Karl Rove-type advisers in future administrations. . . .
"Why should we be using taxpayer dollars to have a person solely in charge of politics in the White House?" Waxman said in an interview. "Can you imagine the reaction if each member of Congress had a campaign person paid for with taxpayer dollars?" . . . As Bush’s senior adviser, Rove headed the Office of Political Affairs, which interacts with the party’s political committees, and the Office of Public Liaison, which works with outside groups such as business, religious and advocacy organizations that want to communicate with the president.
A meaningless threat by Waxman, who knows full well that the Clinton administration had the same kind of advisers in the same offices doing the same jobs, and that if Obama is elected, he'll do the very same thing. Waxman's pretended outrage is yet another example of how Democrats suddenly scream "scandal" when Republicans start doing what Democrats have done for years.

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