Tick Tock

It seems that Chimpy & Co. have a new strategery–running out the clock.
Original DVD cover.

From Gristmill:

Bush administration decides to run out the clock on regulating greenhouse-gas emissions
The Bush administration made clear today that it doesn’t intend to do anything about climate change in the final six months in office, announcing that instead of responding to the Supreme Court’s mandate last year that the EPA determine the dangers posed to humankind by greenhouse-gas emissions they would simply request further public comment.


The [Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking] was supposed to be a response to the April 2, 2007, Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, which found that greenhouse-gas emissions could be regulated under the Clean Air Act if EPA determines they pose a threat to public health and welfare. But rather than coming forward with a response, EPA administrator Stephen Johnson today announced that they are seeking four months of further public comment on the matter — pretty much running out the clock on the Bush presidency without any meaningful action.

From The Washington Independent:

Running Out the Clock on Plame Documents
Friday, the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Attorney General Michael Mukasey to provide interviews special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald had with George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney about Valerie Plame. That effort would appear to be in vain: Mukasey has told the House Oversight Committee, which two weeks ago requested via subpoena the exact same documents, that he won’t cooperate.


Mukasey hasn’t publicly provided any legal basis for why the interviews shouldn’t be released. Facing two separate Congressional subpoenas, can he keep doing nothing until January 2009?

From Dana Milbank at The Washington Post:

Karl Rove had never been so agreeable.

The former chief strategist to President Bush was the only witness listed on the agenda for yesterday’s meeting of the House Judiciary Committee, and he proved to be uncharacteristically contained.


There was good reason for The Architect’s quiet: He was out of the country. He had no intention of appearing before Congress, and he had sent the panel the equivalent of a doctor’s note — from no less a medical authority than White House counsel Fred Fielding — saying he did not have to respond to the congressional subpoena.

So lawmakers decided to pull out one of the most feared weapons in their arsenal: the empty-chair stunt. They printed up a name card for “Mr. Karl Rove” and displayed it on the witness table. They put out a glass of cold water with ice, and pointed the microphone toward an empty wooden armchair.


Congress knows the White House can run out the clock on the various investigations into the Bush administration. White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers have already been held in contempt of Congress — but even if Bush’s Justice Department decides to prosecute those cases, his administration will be out of office before they are resolved. A contempt citation for Rove, which could come as soon as next week, would face the same sort of delay.


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7 responses to “Tick Tock

  1. jeb

    Now that Dali painting makes so much sense. Limp clocks strewn throughout the mis-administration.

  2. limp what? oh, clocks!

  3. nightowl724

    This was one of your funniest ever, nonnie! Perfect, just perfect. Oh, that look on Harriet Meiers’ face!

    It’s a sad commentary, though, on the state of our nation…

  4. thanks, nightowl! 😀
    i was looking for something entirely different in the google the other night, and i saw this dvd cover. it jumped right off the page at me, and i had to use it! i can picture harriet dressing just like that, hat and all. she lo0ks like she stepped out of the 1950’s, especially when she looks at chimpy with those adoring eyes.

  5. nightowl724

    I totally agree about Ms. Meiers. That hat is definitely “her.” I’d like to borrow her hat pin to put my eyes out after seeing her in it!

    I have to admit that she looks good in that color, though…

    Now, where did I put my little white gloves and matching embroidered hanky? You know, the ones with the tiny monograms and pearls? A lady can never be too careful…

  6. 😆 i have to go find my poodle skirt.

  7. nightowl724

    When you find it, you can borrow my cashmere sweater. Just don’t stretch it out this time, OK? Or shrink it, either!