Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Who's Watching over GW?

LA Times columnist Ron Brownstein writes an important column on the dangers of inattention. For six years a GOP led Congress basically let GW do what he wanted, with nary a challenge. Iraq went from bad to worse, money got spent willy nilly, but nothing happened. The problem was, GW had a management style that despised details and he is loyal to a fault. No one raised questions and so nothing was done.

Now, that the American voter has reestablished some of that equilibrium. Rumsfeld, the Secretary of the Army, others involved with Walter Reed, etc. have all resigned. Though Bush is resisting and AG Alberto Gonzalez is heading out on a mea culpa tour of US Attorney's offices, how much longer before he bites the dust. I mean, now even formerly loyal GOPers are saying enough is enough. Freed from their subservience in pursuit of dominance, some are getting their spines back.

The key in all of this search for effective oversight, something sadly lacking these last few years, is a wise Democratic course of action that doesn't fall into the trap of seeking revenge or settling scores. That will not do, and its not what the American people want.

So, let's hold George W. Bush accountable. He'd rather be an absolute monarch, but Henry VIII he isn't. And that goes for his henchman, Sir Dick.


Mystical Seeker said...

For a more cynical take on this subject, check out this article from the LA Times by Jonah Goldberg. It seems to me that what we are seeing is just politics as usual, regardless of which party is in power.

Mystical Seeker said...

I should point out that Jonah Goldberg's politics seem to be to the right and thus not my cup of tea--but what he says about the Democrats not taking up certain issues does make a point that I think is worth noting.