Thursday, March 13, 2008

Schizophrenia in the White House

And you think YOUR business is a bit disorganized?

In preparation for oral arguments Tuesday on the extent of gun rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court has before it a brief signed by Vice President Cheney opposing the Bush administration's stance. Even more remarkably, Cheney is faithfully reflecting the views of President Bush.

The government position filed with the Supreme Court by U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement stunned gun advocates by opposing the breadth of an appellate court's affirmation of individual ownership rights. The Justice Department, not the vice president, is out of order. But if Bush agrees with Cheney, why did the president not simply order Clement to revise his brief? The answers: disorganization and weakness in the eighth year of his presidency

Clement, who filed the Solicitor General's amicus is from the Milwaukee area. Evidently he doesn't keep up with the murder-news here in town--or he might have actually filed a brief which upholds the Second Amendment.

HT: John Lott

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