It's contempt, all right!
by Erin Alecto
The House Judiciary Committee voted contempt of Congress citations Wednesday against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and President Bush's former legal counselor, Harriet Miers.
The 22-17 party-line vote, which would sanction the pair for failure to comply with subpoenas on the firings of several federal prosecutors, advanced the citation to the full House.
There's not a set date for the vote in the House yet, though TPM says the AP is reporting that it'll happen after the August recess. Here's a great rundown of the Democrats' options going forward from Balkinization, though I agree with The Rude Pundit's suggestion on the best course of action (from the third installment in his brilliant series Positive Politics of Shame; read them all!):
And the key to that first step is Harriet Miers in chains, cuffed and frog-marched before the public. That's right: beat up the old lady (yeah, yeah, late-middle-aged, whatever). First of all, Harriet Miers ain't a sympathetic figure. In the White House, she was as incompetent as they come, a glorified clerical assistant. Outside the White House, where she was far more effective as a lawyer, she was always defending major corporations. The right hates her; the left doesn't give a shit. Drag her out of her office, fuckin' extraordinary rendition her ass from Texas to DC, hooded and everything, showing her what a motherfucking subpoena means. Try her, jail her, make Bush have to pardon her.
The Rude Pundit is right - the Democrats should force the constitutional crisis we need to shame this administration and the party that supports it until anyone who mentions the GOP wears the same expression as someone who says "Nixon" or "Stalin." The damage this bunch has done to our country is incalculable; it's time to show the world we understand what's happened and intend to make an attempt at reversing the horror of this disastrous failure of a presidency.