July 13, 2006

The new Bush Doctrine: Infallibility

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at July 13, 2006 11:58 AM

Where does George W. Bush find these people? Here we have Stephen Bradbury, Acting Deputy Attorney General, explaining his views on constitutional law:

BRADBURY: The President is always right.

People who believe that should be barred from holding public office, no matter which president they're talking about—but especially if the president in question is GWB. (Via Atrios)

UPDATE: Fafblog returns just in time to provide the definitive word on this doctrine. Giblets:

That's why George W. Bush has to take this case to the highester court in the land: the court of George W. Bush. It's a tough bench alright, but Bush can win this one as long as he exercises his constitutional right to ignore the Constitution. The legal technicalities are pretty complicated but Giblets believes it involves filing a writ of neener neener according to the precedent of I Can't Hear You v. I'm Not Listening.

Tags: Bush Administration, Politics, Senate
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Apparently 23% of the population are right-wing authoritarians, so the "where to find these people" problem may not be as difficult as we'd like to think. See here. If anyone should know about conservative authoritarians, it would be Nixon's White House Counsel...

The only real surprise is that Mr. Bradbury came right out and said it - we've known for a long time that that was the belief of Bush, Cheney, Yoo (and Nixon, who said something equivalent on national TV, back in the day). Of course he did leave out an important qualifier - "if he's a Republican". Even today's authoritarian cultists know Presidential Infallibility doesn't apply to Democrats. :-)

Posted by: Justin | July 13, 2006 1:09 PM

I believe the Lloyd president's mug has this particular Nixon quote on it.

And Nixon >> Bush Jr. (I admit this is hardly a stretch.)

Posted by: Mason | July 13, 2006 2:15 PM

When will the nation learn that with the possible exception of Lincoln republicable presidents are as a rule dangerous

Posted by: shellock | July 13, 2006 2:44 PM

Mason, Tom Tomorrow has a popular equation for that (I've probably told you about this before...):

Nixon - brain = W (all three terms expressed as cartoon pictures, of course)

Shellock, that's not entirely fair. :-) Grant and TR were fairly good, and Eisenhower was OK. And Democrats prior to FDR had some pretty vile tendencies. To say that Republican presidents since the civil rights movement are as a rule dangerous is a fair statement, however. One can hope that the public is finally beginning to learn that lesson after the past 5+ years (though considering the conservative media bias that may be a bit optimistic).

Posted by: Justin | July 13, 2006 4:18 PM

From all accounts I've heard, Nixon was not just smart but intellectually brilliant.

Posted by: Mason | July 13, 2006 9:20 PM

justin: you right let me rephrase any Republican President (and a few senators and congressmen)since the party went all conservative all the time and picked up the southern conservatives (formerly conservative democrates) scares me.

Posted by: shellock | July 14, 2006 5:42 AM
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