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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Darth Vader or the Emperor?

I've personally been fond of the Darth Cheney tag for our believed vice president, playing on what he tries to pretend is his blind obedience in service to his boss.

But obviously, every now and then the question arises: who really is in charge. The latest claim coming out of the office of VPOTUS really does give you pause -- again -- to ask who is running the show.

Our No. 2, elected -- at least in 2004 -- as the second name on the ticket for president now claims he's really a member of the legislative branch. The vice president's only real job under the Constitution -- except to make sure the president's heart is till beating -- is to preside over the Senate.

And that means he is not subject to an executive order -- issued by No. 1 -- governing the handling of classified information.

But at the same time, he is using the prerogatives of an executive branch perch to try and abolish the office that sought to enforce those rules. All the while ignoring the requests of the legislative branch for information.

And people accused Bill Clinton of being slick?

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