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With economy tanking, Leahy wants to go back after George W. Bush

February 9, 2009 |  6:36 pm

Vermont's Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy as a congressional tourist snaps a photo of President George W. Bush signing the Patriot Act but now Leahy wants to go back him

Here's an idea, as our pal Frank James over at the Swamp puts it, an idea whose time will never come.

But for his own reasons Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has proposed a "truth and reconciliation commission" to get at all the wrongs of the George W. Bush years, which, of course, began with his winning the 2000 election. (See photo of Leahy as a congressional tourist snapping a photo of Bush at the Patriot Act signing in October 2001.)

"I'm doing this not to humiliate people or punish people," Leahy claimed, "but to get the truth out."

In his first primetime news conference President Obama came down firmly on the side of not laughing. Just back from a firsthand look at economically-stricken Elkhart, Ind., with a couple of other possibly more pressing things on his plate, Obama said 1) he's all for prosecuting "clear" wrongdoings anytime 2) but generally he prefers to look ahead.

And Frank has more on this non-starter over here.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo credit: Associated Press (Democrat senators Patrick Leahy and Harry Reid crowd around President George W. Bush at the signing of the Patriot Act in October 2001.)