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Tuesday, March 30, 2004
      ( 1:05 PM )
Condi, Condi, Condi

Condi's new hairdo. And a rendition of how the decision to let her testify must have taken place:

Clearly, because the president doesn't need polls or
focus groups to tell him how to make up his mind,
here's what must have unfolded during the past
week: The president and his top advisers spent hours
discussing various theories of the constitutional
separation of powers, examining the precedents,
and generally ruminating on the significance and
standards for claiming executive privilege, both for
the immediate as well as long term. They brought
constitutional scholars to Crawford as the president
vacationed, and in long, tedious sessions weighed
the merits of the various and competing theories
related to the separation of powers, never for a
moment averting their eyes from the broader goal
of preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution.

When they came out on the other side, this always-
humble, self-effacing Administration arrived at a reasoned,
measured, high-minded conclusion that, in order to
uphold the country's highest principles, their initial
resistance to allowing Rice to testify in public and under
oath was bad for the country and our Constitution,
and reversed their position accordingly.

As if.

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