After Vice President Cheney claimed immunity from oversight based on not being part of the Executive Branch, I predicted that the right -- which would have erupted had a Democratic Vice President made a similar claim -- would stand silent rather than turn on one of their own. It's symptomatic, I said, of the right's willingness to put party above country.
Well, after a couple of days of deep thought, it seems that one conservative is properly outraged by the Vice President's belief in his own immunity from the law. In Slate, former Deputy Attorney General in the Reagan Adminisration Bruce Fein steps up and says what more need to be saying:
Under Dick Cheney, the office of the vice president has been transformed from a tiny acorn into an unprecedented giant oak. In grasping and exercising presidential powers, Cheney has dulled political accountability and concocted theories for evading the law and Constitution that would have embarrassed King George III...The House judiciary committee should commence an impeachment inquiry. As Alexander Hamilton advised in the Federalist Papers, an impeachable offense is a political crime against the nation. Cheney's multiple crimes against the Constitution clearly qualify.
Good for Fein. Lots of silence from other righties, however.