Monday, December 29, 2003

William Safire talks about secrecy in government today. His point, I think, is valid, although his analogy isn't that good (Cheney's energy meetings vs. Dean's gubernatorial records). Cheney's meetings concern ongoing governmental policy, while Dean's records reflect what he has already done as governer, not what he would do as president. A better analogy would be Bush's gubernatorial records vs. Dean's.

Nevertheless, I don't see a compelling argument against keeping any but a tiny minority of these documents from the public. Why can't Dean just release them?

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