I am a big believer in stability when it comes to politics. As much as we like to say freedom got us to where we are today as a country (and it certainly was a big part), stability and the rule of law probably got us further. Starting with John Adams’ departure from office following his fierce rival Thomas Jefferson’s victory in the election of 1804, American leaders have not used the occasion of a change in regime as a means of punishing the ousted party.
Well, in the spirit of the Obama campaign, Joe Biden thinks it’s time for a change. Speaking about whether his Administration would pursue criminal charges against Bush Administration officials for the Left’s favorite hobby-horses…
“If there has been a basis upon which you can pursue someone for a criminal violation, they will be pursued,” Biden said during a campaign event in Deerfield Beach, Florida, according to ABC.
“[N]ot out of vengeance, not out of retribution,” he added, “out of the need to preserve the notion that no one, no attorney general, no president — no one is above the law.”
Obama sounded a similar note in April, vowing that if elected, he would ask his attorney general to initiate a prompt review of Bush-era actions to distinguish between possible “genuine crimes” and “really bad policies”.
“[I]f crimes have been committed, they should be investigated,” Obama told the Philadelphia Daily News.
Sure Joe, not out of retribution. To be fair, Obama went on to say that “[y]ou’re also right that I would not want my first term consumed by what was perceived on the part of Republicans as a partisan witch hunt, because I think we’ve got too many problems we’ve got to solve.” So, as usual, Barack is of many minds on the matter. What’s most likely is that he’ll find one or two former Bush officials who he can hang out to dry for the liberal blogosphere. And another brick in the crumbling edifice that is American political morality will be removed.
Karl Rove, you may want to consider a nice chalet in Zurich next January.