John Dean excoriates Bush/Cheney and the Neo Cons

See Dean's latest bookIn a strongly worded Philippic in today's Boston Globe, other newspapers and blogs, former White House Council John "Watergate" Dean explains his journey from a "Goldwater Conservative to a "Bush basher". This should give you a taste of his denunciation:

Triumph of the authoritarians 

...For more than 40 years I have considered myself a "Goldwater conservative," and am thoroughly familiar with the movement's canon. But I can find nothing conservative about the Bush/Cheney White House, which has created a Nixon "imperial presidency" on steroids, while acting as if being tutored by the best and brightest of the Cosa Nostra.

What true conservative calls for packing the courts to politicize the federal judiciary to the degree that it is now possible to determine the outcome of cases by looking at the prior politics of judges? Where is the conservative precedent for the monocratic leadership style that conservative Republicans imposed on the US House when they took control in 1994, a style that seeks primarily to perfect fund-raising skills while outsourcing the writing of legislation to special interests and freezing Democrats out of the legislative process?

How can those who claim themselves conservatives seek to destroy the deliberative nature of the US Senate by eliminating its extended-debate tradition, which has been the institution's distinctive contribution to our democracy? Yet that is precisely what Republican Senate leaders want to do by eliminating the filibuster when dealing with executive business (namely judicial appointments)...

Read the rest here  or in the Globe here.
John W. Dean, former Nixon White House counsel, just published his seventh nonfiction book, "Conservatives Without Conscience."

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