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What Did the President Know and When Did He Know It? Karl Rove Knows…

January 30, 2009
Larisa Alexandrovna

Republican Senator Howard Baker once asked “What did the President know and when did he know it?” when it became clear that then-President Nixon was involved in the Watergate scandal.

Back then Republicans were about small government, fiscal responsibility, and the rule of law. Back then Democrats were about accountability, labor fairness, and limiting corporate influence in government. Much has changed since those days, when Congress acted as a check on the Executive Branch and a single break-in was enough to spark a serious Congressional inquiry into White House dirty tricks and abuses of power.

The Republicans in office now are by and large social reactionaries who have helped expand government powers, depleted the US Treasury, and disregarded the rule of law. Democrats have not done better. When Speaker Pelosi declared that the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney was “off the table,” she not only abdicated her Constitutional responsibilities, she ensured that we would be dealing with the consequences of her negligence for years to come

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