Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Yes, sir, yes, sir

From Jeffrey Toobin's article in this week's New Yorker on the death throes of habeas corpus in the United States, this quotation from Patrick Leahy, ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee:

“When Lyndon Johnson became Vice-President, he wasn’t welcome at Senate Democratic caucus meetings anymore, because it was for senators only. But every Tuesday since Bush has been President it’s been like a Mafia funeral around here. There are, like, fifteen cars with lights and sirens, and Cheney and Karl Rove come to the Republican caucus meetings and tell those guys what to do. It’s all ‘Yes, sir, yes, sir.’ I bet there is not a lot of dissent that goes on in that room. In thirty-two years in the Senate, I have never seen a Congress roll over and play dead like this one.”

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