As everyone now knows, Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege to stall the Congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious. At stake are thousands of documents that the DOJ doesn’t want released — documents that might shed light on how a government agency could conceive and execute such a spectacularly imbecilic and ultimately disastrous plan as Fast and Furious. Claiming executive privilege seems to be a last-ditch effort by Obama to protect his corrupt Attorney General, Eric Holder, and most likely himself as well.
Of course, back when George Bush was president, then-Senator Obama spoke out against the use of executive privilege, on the grounds that “the American people deserve to know what’s going on”:
In other words, he was against it before he was for it.
Unfortunately for Obama, the minute a president invokes executive privilege, most people’s reflex reaction — rightly or wrongly — is to wonder what he’s trying to hide. There’s nothing like being secretive to make you look guilty.