Monday, October 24, 2005

Politics as usual...

Got this from Think Progress.

Yesterday on the Sunday talk show circuit, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (of Texas) tried to downplay the potential for indictiments coming against high-ups in the abusive Bush regime. She tried to dismiss potential indictments for perjury and obstruction of justice as mere "technicalities," as noted in this WaPost article.
Ms. Hutchison said she hoped “that if there is going to be an indictment that says something happened, that it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn’t indict on the crime and so they go to something just to show that their two years of investigation was not a waste of time and taxpayer dollars.” does that remind you of a former political witchhunt? Well, I wonder what Sen. Hutchison thought of that former "investigation?" I'm sure that her position was consistent..right? Well, in her own words:

[S]omething needs to be said that is a clear message that our rule of law is intact and the standards for perjury and obstruction of justice are not gray. And I think it is most important that we make that statement and that it be on the record for history.

I very much worry that with the evidence that we have seen that grand juries across America are going to start asking questions about what is obstruction of justice, what is perjury. And I don’t want there to be any lessening of the standard. Because our system of criminal justice depends on people telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. That is the lynch pin of our criminal justice system and I don’t want it to be faded in any way.

What?!? Okay, so when we're talking about perjury in an opponent political party, it is "the lynch pin of our criminal justice system," but when we're talking about perjury in Republican allies it's "some...technicality" and not a crime. Huh?!? What sense does that make?

Oh yes, I forgot, the Republican mantra - Party before Principle.

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