We now have a “terrorist surveillance program,” and we can all breathe easier knowing that our President “had all kinds of lawyers review the process.” (He must have been worried: had they told him it was illegal, he would of course have had to stop.)
Special “laughter and applause,” according to the White House transcript, greeted the question, “You know, it’s amazing, when people say to me, well, he was just breaking the law—if I wanted to break the law, why was I briefing Congress?” An excellent question. If I wanted to break the law, I might not, in fact, “brief Congress.” But I might leave most of Congress in the dark and confide instead in Senator Pat Roberts, Bush’s companion at his speech yesterday and a man demonstrably willing to work with Dick Cheney to stonewall Congressional investigations into intelligence matters. It was Roberts’ stonewalling that provoked Harry Reid into throwing Congress into a closed session last fall to force some answers.
They’ve thrown their best pitch now. Time for us to swing. And time to see whether John McCain feels like playing catcher—or throws down his mask in disgust.