GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.
"I don't give a goddamn," Bush retorted. "I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way."
"Mr. President," one aide in the meeting said. "There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution."
"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"
This was in 2005, and the press has never reported it. Imagine this was said by any of the leading Democrats - the echo chamber would have lasted to this day, I am sure. But a Republican president says he doesn't care about the constitution - deafening silence.
The same thing happened with Sarah Palin whose pastor says that Jesus commands Christians to die. Silence. Contrast it to Obama pastor's behavior that was recirculated ad nauseum.
The list goes on and on. Palin's 17 year-old daughter's out of wedlock pregnancy, which is "off limits" - should have been were Palin not running on "family values" (i.e. sexual morality). McCain abandoning the injured wife for a younger, wealthier woman. Rush Limbaugh getting caught nursing his drug habit while calling for death to the drug addicts. Ted Haggard condemning homosexuality while visiting a male prostitute. Larry Craig...
It looks like in this country overt religiosity is an acceptable substitute for the actual decency... All it takes is "re-accepting Jesus" and one can go on preaching morality while continuing behaving in the same old bastardly ways - and the media just goes right along!