When it comes to subpoenas, it’s good to be a Republican

Most week days, my drive home generally consists of grumbling at traffic, sipping on a diet coke, and listening to NPR. And aside from the traffic, it’ usually pretty nice. Last night, however, I pulled into my driveway shaking my head and gripping the steering wheel.

It seems Governor Palin’s husband, Todd, is refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Alaska State Senate. By now most of us have at least heard of the case in question, that being what part, if any, the Governor has played in trying to get Trooper Wooten fired.

What kind of trooper Wooten is, whether or not he deserves to be fired, or what, if any, role Governor Palin has in the controversy is well beyond the scope of this post. What I can’t wrap my mind around, what left me clinching my teeth, is how the McCain/Palin camp can get away with this refusal at all. I’m not going to try and recreate the wheel on this – there’s a great article covering the details you can find here.

I have yet to hear any questions from the McCain camp about the legality of the investigation or the legality of the actual subpoenas. That doesn’t seem to be the issue. What I have heard is that they don’t like who’s asking the questions

The Bush Administration has provided a great precedent over the last eight years. If you don’t want to comply with a subpoena, don’t. What’s America going to do about it? Apparently, not much. Thanks to our president and his staff, watching government officials refuse subpoenas has become commonplace. We just nod our heads and shrug.

I’m reminded of the last stanza of a poem by T. S. Elliot:

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

 photo by keithburtis


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