The Ed Show | January 07, 2013
>>> he was so extreme, he was often called cheney's cheney. as council and chief of staff to the former president, david addington was the bush administration 's chief advocate for torture. addington believed that wartime presidents should be granted extraordinary powers and was widely considered to be the driving force behind the bush administration 's embrace of enhanced interrogation techniques and electronic surveillance . back in 2006 , david iglesias of the " washington post " described aing on the as the bush administration 's ideological enforcer. most mornings during the first term, he would join the staff meeting in the white house counsel 's office and take potshots at anyone he regarded as insufficiently committed to the president's agenda. it was very surprising if anyone took a position more conservative than david. and this was a very conservative office, recalls one former colleague. he was the hardest of the hard-core. it turns out this hardest of the hard-core right wingers just landed a cushy new job at jim demint 's heritage foundation . it's what "new york times" columnist paul krug man calls wingnut welfare, getting a better-paying job in the private sector after you screwed up in the public sector . addington will head the conservative think tank's legal department . here is the real kicker. addington , the guy who wrote the book on pushing the limits of executive power will be the heritage foundation 's top watchdog on government overreach. addington told "the wall street journal " he will focus on overregulation by the federal government , and believes the obama administration had taken some questionable steps such as recess appointments of executive branch officials opposed by senate republicans. my friends, you can't make this stuff up. what a reversal. tonight in our survey i asked you are republicans opposing chuck hagel for partisan political reasons? 99% of you said yes. 1% of you said no.
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