The Obama Administration is in the process of disappointing us by trying to keep secret the records of an FBI interview with Dick Cheney, regarding the treasonous leak of Valerie Plame's CIA job. The need for transparency in the executive branch has grown so pressing that, so far as we are concerned, virtually everything needs to be public, unless there is an urgent national security matter at stake.
And Smith claims nothing of the sort. Instead, his argument is that politicians should be protected from ... Jon Stewart. Literally:
Sigh. Do we really need to explain that (a) everything a president says or does is fodder for political satire, pretty much by definition; or (b) people quickly lose trust in leaders who keep secrets, which means that if your boss doesn't want to leave office with 23% approval ratings, he'd damn well better distance himself from a policy of lies and evasion? All of which, remember, is why in a democracy there are many strong arguments in favor of transparency, and few against.
All that said, of course, we can't imagine that the records, if released, would include Cheney saying to the man with the recorder, "Oh, yeah, I did that -- my bad." It just doesn't seem like him.