Insanity spreads through Article II agencies

From the Chicago Tribune:

White House press secretary Tony Snow said the president and vice president are not executive “agencies” and are therefore not covered under the executive order, but he stopped short of placing Cheney exclusively in the legislative branch. Snow He said the vice president has served “in an executive capacity delegated to him by the president” and noted that, constitutionally “there are no specified executive activities for the vice president,” and that his role “is a wonderful academic question.”

Chicago Tribune, “Emanuel seeks to cut funding for Cheney’s office, home,” June 26, 2007

Constitution of the United States, Article II, Section 1:

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows . . .


2 Responses to Insanity spreads through Article II agencies

  1. Bug Girl says:

    You know those annoying books that use a character waking up at the end and finding it was “all a dream” ?

    I’m beginning to see why that’s appealing as a plot device, ’cause I’m hoping to be living it. Nothing makes any sense anymore.

    (and the theme music to my dream is Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road as “Goodbye Habeas Corpus….”)


  2. raj says:

    The irony is, if Cheney’s argument is taken at face value, that none of the “executive branch”-like communications originating from, going to, or going through the OVP, are entitled to executive privilege. And that would include, not only the identity of the members of his “energy task force,” but also their communications.


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