The total moral and political bankruptcy of Congressional Repubs--a state to which they have been brought by their slavish devotion to the morally and politically bankrupt occupant of the Oval Office, has not been on better display than in the hearing today, on issuing contempt-of-Congress citations to Harriet Miers and Joshua Botlen. TPM has the lowlights--and a couple of highlights from Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Adam Schiff (D-CA)--here. (In case you haven't heard already, not a single member of the minority party crossed the line to vote with the Democrats to uphold the power of Congress to investigate as part of its constitutional oversight responsibility.)
Stripped its essentials, the GOP position is that Congress dare not try to enforce the subpoenas that Miers and the White House have ignored, because if it loses, the presidency will be more empowered than it is now. According to which logic, the best way to avoid defeat is to put up the white flag without a battle.
As I've said from time to time, the unarticulated major premise of the GOP is that the American people are stupid.