Capitol Hill Blue — the political rag that doubles as a tin foil hat — is “reporting” that president George Bush responded to GOP concerns (behind a closed door, non-verifiable meeting) about the more onerous provisions of the Patriot Act renewal in a rather Cheney-like manner:
GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.
“I don’t give a goddamn,” Bush retorted. “I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.”
“Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”
“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”
The author claims to have spoken to three people who can confirm the statement, so who knows if this will have legs (I have my doubts). Regardless, we here at Hammer of Truth don’t need much convincing that previous administration actions speak louder than these reported words when it comes to Bush’s view of the Constitution.
Update: Doug Thompson of CHB that unfortunately still leaves much to be desired. To their credit, they do address the anonymous sources I picked on them for:
In a political system where retaliation rules, you can’t expose corruption or misdeeds by depending entirely on those willing to allow use of their names. Without anonymous sources, the truth about Watergate would never have emerged. The Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting most often goes to a newspaper story or series of stories that depends heavily on use of anonymous sources.
However, I stand by my assertion that Capitol Hill Blue has had credibility problems in the past, and even Thompson has even acknowledged being conned. However, if there is a way for them to verify this article for us, we’re all ears.