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Calling Cheney’s Bluff

Calling Cheney’s Bluff

With the news focused on Paris Hilton being released and then interviewed, I am surprised that this got any airplay, but a few places caught it (NBC and the NY Times to name a few) and it is an interesting catch.

Digg lead me to a blog/news site called The Nation. Basically the post is about how the vice president says that the office of the vice president isn’t part of the executive branch therefor doesn’t have to follow the rules of the national archives.

The twist is that one democratic (you now a republican would not say something against his own… then again democrats don’t do that either) basically says if your not part of the executive branch then why are you getting executive branch money? You should get president of congress money for your staff.

Digg is going crazy over this. I guess some of that spilled over to the blog because its got plenty of comments (84 total) on the subject.

Best comment:

So the same crowd that wouldn’t defund a FAILED WAR….are going to “step up” and defund Cheney’s office?!?!?!?

As for Cheney’s claim, though seemingly idiotic (How could a man a “heartbeat away” from the Presidency NOT be in the Executive Branch?)….he may be able to fight it out in the Supreme Court.

Consider…the Vice-President is ALSO Constitutionally…the President of the Senate, overseeing procedures and able to cast a tie-breaking vote. The President nor any other Executive Branch person has a vote in the Senate, therefore it opens up the possibility that the Veep has BOTH Executive and Legislative powers.

And the Bush/Cheney guys aren’t stupid. They can figure this as well AND figure that if it goes to the USSC (the US Supreme Court), that with Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas….ALL they need is one more Justice on their side to win.

Posted by MASK 06/25/2007 @ 08:59am

I hate to admit it, but Cheney might have a valid argument. I don’t think its too valid because he is obviously part of the executive branch and his seat as president of the Senate is only there for checks and balances… and can he even vote on anything unless it actually is a tie? In other words, when exactly does he vote on anything (other than voting on 50-50 tie decisions)???

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June 26, 2007 - Posted by | Blog Post Review, Digg, Government, Politics

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