FUN WITH DICK AND DICK….Last night at dinner my mother was outraged over Dick Cheney’s ridiculous contention that he’s not part of the executive branch. So she’ll be happy to learn that Democratic pit bull Rahm Emanuel is calling Cheney’s bluff and threatening to defund the VP’s office:
The Vice President has a choice to make. If he believes his legal case, his office has no business being funded as part of the executive branch. However, if he demands executive branch funding he cannot ignore executive branch rules. At the very least, the Vice President should be consistent. This amendment will ensure that the Vice President’s funding is consistent with his legal arguments.
This is excellent political theater. It’s not going to win any elections or anything, but it’s a clear and graphic way of exposing both Cheney’s chronic contempt for the rules everyone else has to follow and George Bush’s inability to stand up to him — and that’s never a bad thing.
POSTSCRIPT: By the way, back in February when this story was first reported, Cheney wasn’t arguing that the VP’s office wasn’t executive. He was arguing that the VP’s office was both legislative and executive, and thus could ignore the rules of either branch whenever it suited him. So here’s my question: If a quantum superposition of a dead cat and a live cat is Schrödinger’s Cat, is a quantum superposition of legislative Cheney and executive Cheney Schrödinger’s Dick?
POSTSCRIPT 2: Another question: Will the principled conservatives at National Review manage to avoid commenting on this entirely? Or will they somehow tie themselves into pretzels trying to justify Cheney’s position? They’d be wise to ignore it, but my bet is that Mark Levin won’t be able to restrain himself. So, ten bucks on #2.