Tuesday, January 10, 2006

David Limbaugh and Judge Alito

Thus the highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy's plans;1 the next best is to prevent the junction of the enemy's forces;2 the next in order is to attack the enemy's army in the field;3 and the worst policy of all is to besiege walled cities.
Sun Tzu, the Art of War
David Limbaugh has been reading his Sun Tzu. You need to draw your enemy away from his strong points and force him to battle it out on ground favorable to you (or at least neutral). David Limbaugh recognizes that discussions of Executive privilege during the Alito confirmation will not prove the most stable of terrain. So he'd rather the discussion centered around Abortion. While that terrain isn't ideal, it has the advantage of familiarity (we can all debate Roe V. Wade in our sleep at this point).

Of course he is going to get in a few digs at liberals for not simply accepting President Bush's power.
Setting aside the left's disturbing tendency to sympathize with everything Al Qaeda these days, don't be fooled by all this noise about runaway presidential powers. They only object to executive largesse when they don't control the presidency, which, with any luck, will remain the case for years to come.
OK first of all, nobody in reality sympathizes with Al Qaeda on the left. Those are imaginary liberals in your head who sympathize with them, not real ones. You need to try and stay with us here in reality as much as possible.

Secondly, you have a point that Executive privilege is more of an issue when the other guy is in power; but that doesn't imply that we'd be happy if our guy was going this far out. Authorizing wiretaps with no oversight? Signing laws with statements that negate them? These are things that should get every American concerned; regardless of how they feel the current President will use those powers.

That's why we have two parties; it is another check and balance on power. But if you are sure you are going the right way, I guess you don't need or want brakes.

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