I found this over at PZ’s.
Compare the following: Republicans in the House took more than 140 hours of testimony to investigate whether the Clinton White House misused its holiday card database but less than five hours of testimony regarding how the Bush administration treated Iraqi detainees.
There is a simple but deplorable principle at work. In both the Clinton and Bush eras, oversight has been driven by raw partisanship. Congressional leaders have vacillated between the extremes of abusing their investigative powers and ignoring them, depending on the party affiliation of the president.
Remember when rebulicrats in Arizona tried to recall McCain because he wasn’t a “Bush Republican?” Bush supporters were upset that the senator didn’t simply rubberstamp everything el presidente wanted. The concept of checks and balances doesn’t mean anything to these idiots. Last election campaign, I was dismayed at the number of Republican running for congress on the rubberstamp platform.