In a Knight Ridder article about Bush's use of signing statements to declare his intention to ignore certain laws, even as he approves them, I found this delicious passage:
In 2003, lawmakers tried to get a handle on Bush's use of signing statements by passing a Justice Department spending bill that required the department to inform Congress whenever the administration decided to ignore a legislative provision on constitutional grounds.
Bush signed the bill, but issued a statement asserting his right to ignore the notification requirement.
This is fairly funny, but it's also disgusting. Congress has known that Bush thinks he is above the law, and considered it a problem that needed redress, for at least two years and yet they haven't felt that it was an issue worth mentioning in public. Didn't any of the Democrats think we might be interested in this, say during a presidential campaign? I'll have more to say about this later.