Secret Santa Gives to the House

I blast them when they misjudge. So its fair to praise them when they get it right. And on Wednesday White House and Justice Department officials got it right — at least for now — by promising to cooperate a bit with a House investigation into the destruction of those CIA videotapes. “The wisdom, propriety and appropriateness of the decision to destroy these tapes are worthy and compelling subjects of an oversight investigation,” a Justice Department spokesman declared last night in an about-face so complete the poor fellows neck must still be sore. What happened to all the chatter about leaving the executive branch — the Justice Department and the CIA — to handle the investigation alone, without any legislative or judicial intervention? Its gone, apparently, for the moment.

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