"This is neither normal government conduct nor 'politics as usual,' but a national disgrace of a magnitude unseen since the days of Watergate - which, in fact, I believe it eclipses." -- John Koppel, a Justice Dept. lawyer for nearly 30 years, writes this OpEd in the Denver Post today, entitled "Bush Justice Is A National Disgrace." It's hard to disagree. It's also getting hard to disagree with those folks asking rhetorically, "Do we even live in a democracy anymore?" We're in the middle of a constitutional crisis, and when even Washington lifers are saying so you know it's pretty bad.

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