LIZ CHENEY’S LECTURE ON THE ‘RULE OF LAW’…. Liz Cheney — who appears on national television so often, her mail is now sent directly to network green-rooms — was on Fox News again this morning. She seems to be expanding her repertoire a bit, moving beyond attacking Obama over torture, and now attacking Obama over the judiciary.
“[Y[ou know, you’re not supposed to make decisions based on how you want the law to come out — how you want the results to come out,” Liz Cheney argued. “If you’re a judge or a Justice, obviously one would hope that you would be just strictly interpreting the law, and I think we’ve heard in a number of instances President Obama talk about, sort of, a results-oriented approach to the law, or you know, making these determinations based on your heart or your empathy. And I think that’s dangerous. I think that moves us away from the rule of law.”
There’s quite a bit of nonsense here, most notably the fact that President Obama has never “talked about” a “results-oriented approach to the law.” Cheney just wants to smear, but she’s a little too lazy to worry about details like facts and accuracy.
But the more hilarious aspect of this was hearing Liz Cheney lecture the Obama administration about the rule of law. This is, of course, the same Liz Cheney who has spent months insisting that no one from the Bush administration be held accountable, in any way, for systematic illegal abuse of detainees, authorized and endorsed by officials at the highest levels.
Last week, when the issue was torture, Cheney was unfazed by the prospecting of “moving us away from the rule of law.” This week, the issue is apparently “empathy,” and Cheney feels justified in lecturing the administration cleaning up her father’s legal mess about the concept of impartial application of the law.
That she has no idea how ridiculous this sounds only adds insult to injury.