[politics] Subpoena power

We’ve lately seen the Bush White House refuse subpoenas for information and decline to allow even former employees to testify before Congress under a claim of executive privilege. This week, the White House refused to provide Congress with documents pertaining to the cover up around Pat Tillman’s death.

As a thought experiment, consider how Clinton was treated when he was under continuous investigation — by Republican Congress, by the conservative commentariat, by the press in general. Where is the anguished outrage now? Where are the solemn declarations about the rule of law, and how much character counts?

Confidential to GOP in Washington: Principles are lovely when they’re a stick to beat the other guy with.