Drinking Executive Privilege
Sara Taylor is in the news for not saying much. There is little sympathy for Taylor from the overwhelming majority of our readers who have commented her situation.
The former White House political director, called before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday as it continues to seek truth on questions about why U.S. attorneys were fired, mostly drank water and invoked executive privilege, as Dana Milbank reports. Taylor says she finds herself in a difficult position, under orders from the president to cite executive privilege as a reason not to answer most questions, as Sridhar Pappu tells us in a Style profile that tracks Taylor's career from the daughter of an Iowa pipefitter to a top political strategist in Karl Rove's White House operation.
There is a concern expressed by some that Milbank's column is having too much fun with a serious matter. As IndependenceEveWonderlandBallroom wrote, "This article was pretty hilarious actually. Leave it to the WaPo to make light of this corrupt administration's wrongdoings. Funny tho."
SomewhereIHaveNeverTravelled added, "...even I find this column a little offensive. There are so many substantive grounds on which to criticize this administration's stance and behavior. But consumption of water? It just sounds petty and ultimately disingenuous."
freespeak argued with Taylor's assertion that she was in a difficult position, saying, "Her problem is, she's made a grave error in her loyalties. She's forgotten that she serves We the People, as a public servant, and WE pay her salary. Answer the questions and tell the truth. There's nothing very hard about that at all, unless she has something to hide."
TheTruthTeller added, "I have served the federal government for almost 30 years in a mid-level civil service equivalent positions. Never, ever have I seen so many people who did not understand that they took an oath to the constitution and the well-being of the nation and not the political party."
grammysammy was also unsympathetic: "Well,as my father would say, she let the Devil fool her up a tree and then he took away the ladder."
But WmJLePetomane comes to Taylor's defense. "...To read these posts and the articles, I am not sure the liberal hoardes could all agree on a charge anyway,,, even if one could be made. This is disgusting... If I were W, I'd fire every political appointee right now who was not a die hard Republican. I'd tell Congress to stick it in their ear along with their subpoenas."
_BSH advised Taylor to "do what YOU think is right. Think for yourself, and serve the cause of justice and rule of law, not politics and party loyalty."
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