There have to be a lot of problems to be dealt with if you're at the Justice Department. The President's been criticizing the Supreme Court and trying to come up with an answer to a recent ruling. There's always some public corruption to be tackled. And, you know, there are murders and things to be investigated.â†µ
But the Justice Department has found an item that has attracted its attention above the din of elected officials on the take and people being shot: The BCS. A letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, seems to indicate that the DOJ is considering challenging the college football championship system.â†µ
"The Department of Justice is reviewing your letter as well as other materials to determine whether to open an investigation into the legality of the current system under the antitrust laws," wrote Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich. "Importantly, and in addition, the administration also is exploring other options that might be available to address concerns with the college football post-season."â†µ
Some of you are thinking, "This is great. Someone is finally going to fix the BCS." But consider some of the federal government's greatest hits of the last ten years: The War in Iraq. The response to Hurricane Katrina. Oh, yeah, and helping the banks almost destroy the American economy.â†µ
This is avoiding the obvious point that Sen. Hatch -- who asked DOJ to look into this -- has otherwise been busy with writing paens to limited government. Apparently, regulating college football must be in the enumerated powers somewhere.