During the Bush Administration, some on the Left howled constantly about Bush/Cheney doing things behind closed doors. There was constant paranoid talk of “shadow” governments. What a difference a year makes. First, President Obama appoints dozens of “Czars” who operate without legislative oversight out of the West Wing. Then his Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) appointment admits to using FBI files to check up on his wife’s lover. Now, even C-SPAN is begging to be allowed to broadcast the healthcare debate (of course, candidate Obama promised that the whole thing would be on C-SPAN).
Look, I believe in Executive Privilege. I also believe in the right of citizens and the Legislative Branch to ask questions early and often. I never criticized folks for wanting more information and openness (I just criticized the blatant paranoia and conspiracy theorizing). However, when C-SPAN is begging, publicly, for access, the hypocrisy of these left-leaning partisans shines through. To those who called for openness on the Bush Administration, I paraphrase New Jersey Governor-elect Chris Christie: “Man up, and call on the Liberals leading our nation to open up our government.”
The C-SPAN letter: