Wednesday, June 13, 2007

"It's our policy" - a professional equivalent of "Because I said so"

To our loyal readers: Judi appears to have gone on hiatus so I'll do double duty today.

When the regular programming (which is starting to feel like filler between "Breaking News" reports) was interrupted to tell us that subpoenas had been issued regarding the firing of U.S. attorneys to former White House counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor, I was elated. This meant they were closing in on Karl Rove, which is one of my own raisons d'etre.

Then Jeffrey Toobin stepped forward to dash my hopes by pointing out that the White House policy is not to let their aides testify. I remembered they'd set forth the position that if aides were forced to go public, they could no longer give the president sage advice. Sage advice? What evidence do we have that he's ever been given sage advice? And, let's say he has, did he take it?

I've come to see "It's our policy" is polite jargon for, "No way, screw you, our way or the highway". If there were reasonable justification for a position, that's what you'd hear and not, "It's our policy".

I now respond to anyone saying that to me with, "Think about that for a moment. Have you ever noticed that when someone says, 'It's our policy', it's because what they're saying is indefensible?" Mostly I'm speaking to an underling so I ask that they quote me to whomever formulated the policy. Since I have no contact with White House personnel, I'm unable to make my case on this occasion

Back to you, Judi...

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