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Saturday, April 23, 2005

 
Vice President Cheney enters the filibuster debate.

The interesting quote was from minority leader Harry Reid, who "accused the Bush administration of going back on a promise to stay out of the judges fight in the Senate.

"'Last week, I met with the president and was encouaged when he told me he would not become involved in Republicans' efforts to break the Senate rules,' the Nevada Democrat said. 'Now it appears he was not being honest, and that the White House is encouraging this abuse of power.'"

But why is Reid assuming Bush's direct influence over Cheney's statements? As president of the Senate, Cheney's obligations to the legislative branch require him to take a stance on the issue. Nobody honestly thinks Cheney, being who he is, would side with Democrats on this issue, even if he was just another legislator?


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