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March 13, 2007

Okay, so this is the woman Bush Junior wanted for the Supreme Court?

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Monday that then-White House Counsel Harriet Miers raised with an aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales the prospect of asking all chief federal district prosecutors to resign in 2004 as a logical way to start a new term with a new slate of U.S. attorneys.

Legality aside (it would have been smelly, but legal), what kind of lunatic doesn't understand how all-but terminally disruptive that would have been to our entire judicial process?

People are not things. This country is not some kind of playing board where the counters sit obediently in one place while the players contemplate their moves. The business of this country does not freeze into place while a new Administration settles into place in D.C.

There, in that one stupide idea, is the core of what's wrong with the entire "neo-conservative" movement. They don't take reality into account when they're making their plans. They don't account for other people and other forces continuing to act while they're sketching out their fantasy world.

"For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. <--Even I know that, but I've frequently thought that no one on Bush's "staff" or "advisors" is aware of it.

Sampson resigned Monday after acknowledging that he did not tell other Justice officials who testified to Congress about the extent of his communications with the White House, leading them to provide incomplete information in their testimony, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because Sampson has not announced his departure.

Also, they don't seem to understand that something can be improper without being technically illegal.

Democrats in Congress have charged that the eight dismissals announced last December were politically motivated and some of those fired have said they felt pressured by powerful Republicans in their home states to rush investigations of potential voter fraud involving Democrats.

Smoke and mirrors. The Bush cadre was so appalled by the revelations of voter mistreatments and mishaps, many seemingly tied to minor or local Republican Party members and/or leaders, that they were desperate to prove, not that they weren't crooks, but that Democrats were also crooks.

Contemplate that mindset for a moment. It's not that they felt accused without cause, it's not that they felt their hands were clean, it's not that they felt they had nothing to be ashamed of--what they cared most about was slinging enough tar around the landscape to make everyone look as guilty as they looked.

This is not the behavior of people with the country's best interests at heart.

/end obligatory post to keep the sp*mmers away.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:04 AM


It's no wonder other countries shake their heads at what we've become. You couldn't imagine a scenario like this in England, where they have a civil service that stays in place no matter which party is in power, and assures continuance of everyday government.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at March 13, 2007 03:12 PM

Yes. Although...

Have you ever seen the Britcom Yes, Minister? A stable civil service has its own perils. :)

Posted by: Anne at March 13, 2007 03:21 PM