McCain Adviser Holtz-Eakin Blasts Bush Administration on Editing Climate Change

Don't win on the editing process.

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

The New American Foundation had an interesting panel this morning on "Repairing the Republican Brand." I'll blog a bit more on it later on, but one comment at the end particularly struck me. The panelists were asked about the Bush-Cheney (or maybe that should be Cheney-Bush) imperial presidential doctrines—not letting White House staff testify before Congress, etc.

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, most recently the senior policy adviser for the McCain presidential campaign, made an interesting comment about the Bush administration's practice of rewriting, for example, climate change-related documents: "I don't think there's anything with the Bush administration's censoring of documents that has helped them make their case for their stance on climate change," Holtz-Eakin said. "It's a disgrace. Have the information out, have the debate, and win on the merits. Don't win on the editing process."

Like I said, more later.

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