"The White House is in bit of a conundrum because of this privacy statute that prohibits the White House from collecting data and storing it on people who disagree with it," Judge Andrew Napolitano, a FOX News analyst, said Friday.
"There's also a statute that requires the White House to retain all communications that it receives. It can't try to rewrite history by pretending it didn't receive anything," he said. "If the White House deletes anything, it violates one statute. If the White House collects data on the free speech, it violates another statute."
If you recall, The White House opened its warmouth this week and requested that anyone with information that seems "fishy" should send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. This makes a lot of people wary(fish), and curious as to what the White House would do with such information. Many see this as an attempt to skate around the First Amendment and stifle free speech.
The sole reason to gather such information would seem to be to intimidate the American people. The White House denies such claims and Robert Gibbs floundered this week saying that they were NOT collecting data on Americans. Wahoo!
Of course, White House shark, Rahm Emanuel, is familiar with fish, so this could all be his idea. I'm not sure what this administration's fixation with fish is, exactly. Maybe the falling poll numbers are making things a little roughy for them. They "cod" say to "halibut" with Obamacare and I expect the numbers would come back up for Obama, but "eel" never do that.
Meanwhile, the public continues to carp about Obamacare in the town halls while Congressional Representatives perch carefully behind their podiums, some trying to answer questions and some becoming defensive and snappering at their constituents.
So far it's been a wolfish August for the Representatives back home, and not likely to improve. I'd say the White House betta back off of the data collecting thing, and actually begin to address the people rather than attack them. They're on the bream of something big here and cooler heads should prevail, otherwise they may get snookered in the next election cycle.