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My new favorite political operative

Some excellent political theater.

There he sat, hunched and scowling, at the witness table in front of the House Judiciary Committee: the bearded, burly form of the chief of staff and alter ego to the vice president -- Cheney's Cheney, if you will -- and the man most responsible for building President Bush's notion of an imperial presidency.

David Addington was there under subpoena. And he wasn't happy about it.

David Addington showed the profoundly silly John Conyers and the rest of his Judiciary Committee all the respect they deserved. I think he may be my favorite public servant since John Bolton has been pastured. His disdain was evident and these clowns earned every ounce of it.

When Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) questioned his failure to remember conversations about interrogation techniques, he only looked at her and asked: "Is there a question pending, ma'am?" Finally, at the end of the hearing, Addington was asked whether he would meet privately to discuss classified matters. "You have my number," he said. "If you issue a subpoena, we'll go through this again."

Heh. Spaketh the monkey as the organ grinders danced for his amusement. John Conyers is the elder statesman of the deranged left and will reliably pursue any partisan hate-a-thon the MoveOn crowd can come up with.

And he showed abundant disdain for dissenters, such as Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.), who asked whether Addington consulted lawmakers about anti-torture statutes. "There is no reason their opinion on that would be relevant," he answered.

Isn't that just beautiful, "Shut up sir, I'll throw you a pen if I need you to sign something". He does point out an important thing though, Congress has no specialists in much of anything. The idea that the Executive Branch needs to consult them regarding how to do it's job is almost funny.

Cheney's Cheney continued to dole out the scorn ("You asked that question earlier, today, and I'll give you the same answer") until Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.), the last questioner, inquired about waterboarding. "I can't talk to you -- al-Qaeda may watch these meetings," Addington said.

"I'm glad they finally have a chance to see you, Mr. Addington," Delahunt joked.

"I'm sure you're pleased," Addington growled.

Addington should teach classes on how to deal with the Parliament of Hoors.

Update: The video