"an idiot or just shameless?"

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Andrew Sullivan is nearly as flabbergasted as Glenn Greenwald is over the president's recent speech to the Federalist Society, where Bush uttered these words:

When the Founders drafted the Constitution, they had a clear understanding of tyranny. They also had a clear idea about how to prevent it from ever taking root in America. Their solution was to separate the government's powers into three co-equal branches: the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary. Each of these branches plays a vital role in our free society. Each serves as a check on the others. And to preserve our liberty, each must meet its responsibilities -- and resist the temptation to encroach on the powers the Constitution accords to others.

Bush's denunciation of "judicial lawlessness" later in the speech is particularly galling, given the executive lawlessness over which he has presided for nearly seven years. How he squares his actions with his flat statement that "Our written Constitution means what it says," I may never be able to comprehend. Even more blatantly nonsensical is his later remark that:

The President's oath of office commits him to do his best to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." I take these words seriously. I believe these words mean what they say.

Sullivan asks, "is the president an idiot or just shameless?" but I don't think either assessment is correct. Bush strikes me as a silver-spoon sociopath who preys on the wishful thinking of a (steadily shrinking) proportion of the population. Thankfully, his days in office are numbered: 429 and counting.

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