- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 8, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

So Bruce Fein, the constitutional attorney, finally got off President Bush’s imperial presidency and turned to the Senate, which seems to have tried and convicted Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich without a trial and is making excuses to not seat former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris (“Seated in the Constitution,” Commentary, Tuesday). Perhaps Mr. Fein should look at one of the entitlements of an imperial presidency, the pardon and commutation process open to any president. If that’s in our Constitution, perhaps Mr. Fein should lead an amendment proposal since it has so notoriously been used. Doesn’t it go back to the divine right of kings? Well, that ought to get Mr. Fein’s blood up.

ROBERT A. JERUSSI

Fairfax

The people who think of President Bush as a dolt must now know that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, is the biggest buffoon that ever worked in the District of Columbia. It is truly remarkable that a trial lawyer holding the title of Senate majority leader could possibly fathom that Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich is somehow guilty of a crime that hasn’t yet gone to trial, met a jury, and received a verdict. Does the phrase “Objection, your honor, conjecture and speculation” sound familiar, Mr. Reid?

I would imagine that the distinguished branch of our government over which Mr. Reid presides had something to do with incorporating due process into our laws. However, it appears that consistency in the application of law is not one of his strong points.

JAMES MIELKE

Reston

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