The Secret Service's job is to protect the president from harm, not embarrassment. Determining that the person who ran off Bauer, Weise and Young was not an agent - as the Secret Service says it has - is not enough.I don't even know what "it's Bill Clinton's fault" means, but when Republicans have nothing that's usually the answer.
The guy who did this wore an earpiece and lapel pin like an agent. Bauer, Weise and Young say the man refused to identify himself but acted like an agent.
He told them to leave before Bush arrived, not because they acted up but because Republicans feared they might disrupt the president. They had, after all, arrived in a car with a "No More Blood for Oil" bumper sticker. They also wore "No More Lies" T-shirts hidden under their clothes, which they had thought about exposing.
They didn't. They didn't do anything. And therein lies the scandal.
Newly disclosed memos prove that only those who agree with the president on privatizing retirement accounts get to speak at Bush's Social Security roadshow, even though it is paid for by taxpayers of all political persuasions.
At a recent forum in New York, Bush actually used the word "propaganda" to describe what he is doing.
All presidents take that approach to policy. But preemptively removing political opponents who have committed no crime nor disrupted an official White House event blurs the line between security and intimidation.
It is unconstitutional.
I expect Tim Russert to be all over this like he is a diet.