California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, who sued the EPA last week in an effort to overturn the decision, said the agency was delaying the issuing of legal and technical documents to stall court action.
“Subpoena these guys,” he urged Boxer. “Send the marshals out. Get them to tell us under oath. They are not going to get away with this. Sooner or later, we are going to uncover real corruption . . . that is dangerous to California and to the whole world.”
Brown said that the Bush administration may be able to delay court action a year, until the president’s term is over, but that Congress may be able to speed the process. “What you have is a bunch of scofflaws in the White House,” he said. “This fellow Johnson is becoming a stooge in a really pathetic drama that hopefully will not play out much longer.”
We’ll refrain from the usual quip or sarcastic comment here and just say it: This is absolutely unacceptable abuse coming from a public official. We find it hard to believe that a majority of Californians believe that their state elected constitutional officers should be so recklessly charging criminality with no evidence while attacking a federal official as a “stooge in a pathetic drama.”
We’re not surprised, though. The activist left and, alas, some Democratic officials, are creating a political line of attack that seeks to demonize EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson as an evil, deluded or debased actor carrying out the malicious designs of the Bush Administration and the “polluter lobby.” One major, supposedly mainstream environmental organization — Clean Air Watch — has even gone so far as to attack Johnson for being a Christian and speaking publically about his faith.
Hysterical charges, ugly name-calling, religious bigotry — the hallmarks of political rhetoric from the environmental left and their political allies. No matter how common, it’s unacceptable.
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