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April 7, 2008
POLITICS: Mastered By The Obvious

Megan McArdle and Dan Drezner explain patiently to Glenn Greenwald that the media may be more interested in Barack Obama than John Yoo because Barack Obama is running for president.

McArdle also discusses the resignation under a cloud of Bush's HUD Secretary. My reaction to that was, basically, that's what HUD Secretaries do. Other than Jack Kemp, I can't ever remember a HUD Secretary making news for anything but being under an ethical cloud. It's practically part of the job description.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:14 PM | Politics 2008 | Comments (12) | TrackBack (0)

The media is complicit!

Posted by: Robert in BA at April 8, 2008 9:55 AM

Complicit in Greenwald's inability to reason logically?

Posted by: The Crank at April 8, 2008 10:04 AM

Complicit in the ability of the government to torture the enemy, suspend the 4th amendment..and most importantly (wait for it)...get away with it.

Listen Crank, you can bury your head in the sand all you want but to defend a media in a nation where more citizens know Obama's bowling score than know that Saddam Hussein did not take place in the planning of 9/11 speaks volumes about how serious your views on the media and politics should be taken.

Stick with the baseball stuff. It's an area where you have a clue.

Posted by: Robert in BA at April 8, 2008 12:02 PM

It remains bizarre to me - I mean, I understand the political motivation, just not the "logic" - to suggest that there's something sinister about the very act of providing legal advice as to what does and doesn't constitute "torture" under governing law, and what restrictions the law does and doesn't impose on the Executive Branch in wartime. Surely, it would be more problematic if the White House had simply decided not to ask for legal advice at all.

Posted by: The Crank at April 8, 2008 12:30 PM

Oh, and: you will not hear me defend the media, believe me. I would think that much should be obvious to any long-time reader of this blog. The political press, the foreign press, the baseball press, the business press, the legal press...they all display slightly different symptoms but the same fundamental diseases.

Posted by: The Crank at April 8, 2008 12:37 PM

Crank, it became clear that John Yoo was the so called lawyer expert they asked because he was a very young person who gave them what they wanted to hear. The plain truth is, if you want to investigate a very serious issue (I guess Cheney doesn't see torture as serious), you don't go running to a kid to tell you what you want to hear, you start asking some people who have been through some things. So Yoo is more of a symptom, the entire Bush Administration and its apologists are the disease.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at April 8, 2008 12:47 PM


Actually, in the legal profession, young lawyers always get asked to perform the research that John Yoo did. No matter how important the issue or client, a junior attorney gathers relevant case law and drafts the initial research memo. Senior attorneys then review the memo, ask for clarifications or revisions, and decide how to proceed based on the memo. The fact that John Yoo recieved the task of drafting the memo would be routine, not nefarious, in any private firm or government agency.


Posted by: wd at April 8, 2008 5:48 PM

Bill, he wasn't the kid who did the research. He was the "expert" quoted in the papers. It was clear then, they searched around for someone who would say what they wanted to hear.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at April 8, 2008 8:44 PM

Daryl: I seem to have misunderstood your previous post. I thought you were criticizing the adminstration for seeking an opinion from a junior lawyer, which is common. If the administration then cited him as an expert when, in fact, he was not, that would be a different situation.

Posted by: wd at April 9, 2008 10:50 AM

Let's take up a collection to send Yoo to
Europe for a vacation so his ideas" can be tested somewhere the law still matters.

Posted by: Magrooder at April 9, 2008 8:59 PM

"Europe" and "somewhere the law still matters" are mutually exclusive. Heck, in Europe the law is increasingly divorced from popular sovereignty. What people's law do you speak of?

Posted by: The Crank at April 9, 2008 9:19 PM

What are you saying Crank, that Europe doesn't hold the powerless accountable for their actions like the U.S. does?

Posted by: Robert in BA at April 10, 2008 8:57 PM
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