What Planet Does Kate O'Beirne Live On?

hardball-obeirne.jpg I think it's a faraway land known as "Planet Beltway." Apparently Kate O'Beirne doesn't think it's improper for the President of the United States to pressure a bedridden Attorney General into legalizing a domestic spying program he already considered illegal. According to the self-proclaimed beltway-bubbled Kate, "there's no there there." After all, the President tried his very hardest to make sure the program was on sound legal footing (something so rare that he should be applauded for it) and no cases have arisen to suggest otherwise. Well, except that one case in Michigan. And what kind of program was in place before Bush sent his goons out? Must have been something pretty radical considering the usually slavishly loyal Ashcroft, Comey and Mueller threatened to resign en masse if it continued unchanged.

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What was it that Reagan used to say, Kate? Oh yea: "Trust, but verify." With all the Reagan nostalgia of late, it's remarkable that it's slipped your mind.

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