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Shut Up, They Explained


The new issue of the Weekly Standard contains my essay on the ABA task force’s signing-statements, “Shut Up, They Explained:  The ABA’s latest anti-Bush strike” (available online to subscribers).  Among other things, the essay explains why critics of the Bush administration should be especially unhappy with ABA president Michael Greco’s latest folly.  It also includes a damning assessment of the report by Walter Dellinger, the liberal law professor whom President Clinton appointed to head the Office of Legal Counsel and who carefully examined the very question the ABA task force botched.


I’m still wondering whether there is anyone not on the task force who thinks the report got it right.  Also, will anyone on the task force have the honesty to admit the utter screw-up?


Update:  My essay is now publicly available at the link above.


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