DEAN: Well, they certainly raised those questions in the hearing today, and a number were searching for answers. Gonzalea obviously didn't come prepared to offer any kind of resolution. And thats been one of the surprising factors all along, Keith. Its one of the reasons were having these hearings.
Bush is just saying to the Congress, it's an in-your-face situation, I think I have this authority, I'm not going to ask to have the law amended, and I'm going to just go ahead and do it my way.
Well, you know, that's a little bit frightening, because of the slippery-slope argument. And it's also just so contrary to the fact that we have traditionally been a country that follows the rule of law, for a very good reason. The rule of law controls power, and in our system, we just dont give presidents unlimited power, we dont give Congress unlimited power. And it checks and balances. And he doesnt want to play that game, though. So it's a very surprising move hes making.