I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

A threat or a promise?

The Washington Post reports today
Political Briefings At Agencies Disclosed
White House officials conducted 20 private briefings on Republican electoral prospects in the last midterm election for senior officials in at least 15 government agencies covered by federal restrictions on partisan political activity, a White House spokesman and other administration officials said yesterday.

The previously undisclosed briefings were part of what now appears to be a regular effort in which the White House sent senior political officials to brief top appointees in government agencies on which seats Republican candidates might win or lose, and how the election outcomes could affect the success of administration policies, the officials said.
While this would seem to be a rather blatant violation of the Hatch Act the administration claims the meetings were "lawful" because of course anything this administration does is "lawful". Steve Soto has some advice for the Republican sycophants:
Either this White House and senior agency staff violated the Hatch Act and should face a Special Prosecutor for their crimes, or this activity will be commonplace for the next Democratic president in 2009 when we use the federal government to destroy the GOP. It's the GOP's choice.

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