Bob Barr?s on Bush?s Case….Ouch. Former Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) was on CNN yesterday, debating Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) on the merits of the secret domestic spying program, and he is not pleased:
?Well, the fact of the matter is that the Constitution is the Constitution, and I took an oath to abide by it. My good friend, my former colleague, Dana Rohrabacher, did and the president did. And I don?t really care very much whether or not it can be justified based on some hypothetical. The fact of the matter is that, if you have any government official who deliberately orders that federal law be violated despite the best of motives, that certainly ought to be of concern to us?
?Well, gee, I guess then the president should be able to ignore whatever provision in the Constitution as long as there?s something after the fact that justifies it?
?The fact of the matter is the law prohibits ? specifically prohibits ? what apparently was done in this case, and for a member of Congress to say, oh, that doesn?t matter, I?m proud that the president violated the law is absolutely astounding, Wolf?
Barr is no left-winger, he?s a fire-breathing conservative who tried the case against Clinton, strongly supports the Second Amendment, drafted the Defense of Marriage Act, staunchly apposes abortion, and has been a speaker before the Council of Conservative Citizens, which has been noted as becoming increasingly ?radical and racist? by the Southern Poverty Law Center, who classifies the CCC as a hate group. Certainly not the credentials of a left wing wacko like me.
The problem isn?t the spying; it?s the secrecy. Surely that?s something conservatives can wrap their heads around, as Bob Barr seems to have done. All they have to do is substitute ?sex? for spying, and ?lying? for ?secrecy,? and they?ll come up with a phrase that?s bound to ring rather familiar.