3.31.2006

Takes One to Know One

A clip from John Dean's testimony, in support of Russ Feingold's presidential censure motion, before the Senate Judiciary Committee today (hat tip to Raw Story):
No presidency that I can find in history has adopted a policy of expanding presidential powers merely for the sake of expanding presidential powers. Presidents in the past who have expanded their powers have done so when pursuing policy objectives. It has been the announced policy of the Bush/Cheney presidency, however, from its outset, to expand presidential power for its own sake, and it continually searched for avenues to do just that, while constantly testing to see how far it can push the limits. I must add that never before have I felt the slightest reason to fear our government. Nor do I frighten easily. But I do fear the Bush/Cheney government (and the precedents they are creating) because this administration is caught up in the rectitude of its own self- righteousness, and for all practical purposes this presidency has remained largely unchecked by its constitutional coequals.
Mr Dean, you'll remember, was Dick Nixon's White House Counsel for awhile during Watergate.
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