When President Obama's approval ratings were still very high, we were regularly bombarded with sycophantic profiles of Rahm Emanuel that touted his vast power in the West Wing ("arguably the second most powerful man in the country," the New York Times declared last January; "perhaps the most influential White House chief of staff in a generation" with "prominence in almost everything important going on in Washington," gushed the same paper last August). But in the meantime, it's not possible that anything better will be written about this episode than this perfect and scathing analysis from Yale Law Professor Jack Balkin. It says everything that needs to be said and I can't recommend it highly enough (and on the pervasive myth that political officials are immune from prosecution as long as they can find DOJ minions to write memos authorizing their criminal conduct, see this analysis from DCLaw1).
Monday, February 22, 2010
Greenwald on the Beltway Media Mindset