The decision by the president to invoke executive privilege
yesterday is of a piece with everything that has marked his tenure. As I said on Sean Hannity’s program last night, the Administration discloses that which should be kept secret and keeps secret that which should be disclosed.
The sequence of increasing abuse of the powers of the presidency is laid out in Chapter 22 of The Brief Against Obama: The Rise, Fall and Epic Fail of the Hope and Change Presidency, but that chapter is going to be much longer in the next edition. The chapter on “Fast & Furious” will also require quite a lot of addition, as the scandal is now certain to define the president is a way that he had thus far more-or-less successfully avoided. No longer.
Off to Phoenix to moderate Round Two of Erwin Chemerinsky and John Eastman debating Obamacare, SB 1070, Gitmo and now executive privilege.
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