Friday, January 23, 2009
Of course, Dean, as the Justice Department's liaison with Congress and White House Counsel during the Nixon administration, distinguished himself by driving a purple Porsch 911, heading up the lobbying effort for the stumbling, bumbling, failed nominations of Clement Haynsworth and G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court and committing multiple felonies related to the Watergate scandal. Dean was sentenced to one to four years in prison but managed to serve only four months (no doubt because we have so much "equal justice under law").
Time magazine once noted Dean "worked out the legal basis for Nixon's impoundment of funds, broad use of pocket vetoes and Executive privilege. He also helped arrange Nixon's commutation of jail sentences being served by Teamster Boss Jimmy Hoffa (which was widely interpreted as a political gesture in return for Teamster support of Nixon in the election) and by Mafia Capo Angelo ("Gyp") DeCarlo." So, it is easy to see why the Libby commutation and George W. Bush upset him so.
Dean, however, officially kicked off the CYA season by comforting Olbermann, saddened by the lack of a pardon scandal to chew on (and after so much feverish prognostication). Dean asserted presidential pardons "don't have to be announced." And, he added, Bush "might have, indeed" granted unprecedented double secret preemptive blanket turbo pardons. Verily, verily, he said, Bush "could have done it." Olbermann raised his battered persona from the ashes and declared, "We'll go looking for secret pardons later in the week, I suppose." The unproclaimed proclamation! Aaahhh!
Incidentally, indeed, perhaps on the very edge of the periphery: in order to prop up his delirious - but energizing - speculation, Mr. Dean quoted ... ahem ... Mr. Dean cited ... uh ... Dean referenced ... he ... well, actually Dean really just pulled it all right out of his ear. And the blogging world goes wild! See story here.
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