Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A 94-2 vote in the Senate and $4 will get you a latte at Starbucks...

Is it too much to hope that the Associated Press knows that the Senate passing a bill - no matter how lopsided a vote - does not make said bill a law? Unfortunately, the answer may be yes, evidenced by the headline Senate limits Gonzales' hiring authority. In reality, the Senate did no such thing. Gonzales has just as much authority to name US Attorneys today as he did yesterday and he'll have as much authority to do so tomorrow as he does today.

What the Senate did was give its approval to a bill which would restrict the Attorney General's authority to act in certain circumstances. Assuming the House goes along... and assuming Bush signs the bill (or the House and Senate each override Bush's veto), then Gonzales will have had his hands slapped and his authority to name interim US Attorneys restricted somewhat. But not until then.

The AP ought to know better. After all, aren't they the supposed experts in how things work in Washington?