The plain meaning of the language of Article 1, Section 2 is clear, is it not? Yet Holder insists his decision to override the opinion of the Office of Legal Counsel is grounded in law, not politics. Right.
If that's true, why do you suppose Holder won't release the OLC opinion in question despite a letter from Sen. John Cornyn demanding its release? Justice said it wouldn't release these "internal deliberations," "because they're not the final, formal opinion."
Tellingly, the Post reports that legal experts don't back Holder's "unusual" decision to seek another opinion. Former OLC deputy Ed Whelan, who served during the Bush administration, calls Holder's decision to ignore the OLC's opinion a "blatant abuse" of the office's purpose.
Liberals are conspicuously silent about this abuse. They want the district to get a congressman because it would guarantee Democrats another seat. But notice their flagrant double standard. When they have their sights set on a desired political result, the law, including the supreme law of the land, is not allowed to interfere, even when there is barely, if at all, a legitimate question about what the law is.
But when government attorneys serving a Republican administration merely render an opinion that liberals don't like (e.g., warrantless surveillance of enemy communications in wartime and waterboarding not being torture), never mind that the opinion, unlike Holder's artificially procured second opinion, is firmly grounded in law; liberals sometimes want to impeach them or put them in jail for war crimes.
But more important than the left's hypocrisy is their ongoing disrespect for the Constitution when it suits their political ends. We are living in a time when the very integrity of the Constitution is being threatened daily, from federal bailouts to federal assumption of control over private business. That's why I urge you again to read Mark Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny," which brilliantly explains how preserving our liberties depends on preserving the integrity of the Constitution.
If freedom lovers and respecters of the rule of law don't come to the aid of the Constitution soon, we may be looking back in a few years wondering where our liberty went.