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Wednesday, March 14, 2007


The Administration of Diminished Responsibility

"I work for the American people and serve at the pleasure of the president,"

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

Isn't it too bad that either one can't fire this Bush lackey? It's obvious that the decision to keep or get rid of Gonzales, which is President Bush's alone, is just never going to happen. Who'd have thought that we'd be longing for the good old days of John Ashcroft?

"I think you can look at the record of the department in terms of what we've done ... going after child predators, public corruption cases,"

He has the nerve to mention public corruption cases. What the AG fails to mention is that he only goes after such cases as they pertain to Democrats. If a federal prosecutor knows what's good for him (or her), they won't dare investigate any Republican.

Gonzales cancelled a trip to address the mess of his making regarding the partisan prosecutor firings. The AG took "responsibility", and, like OJ Simpson, he is looking for the REAL perpetrators.

"I think we've done a good job in managing the department. .. Things are going to happen,"
-The AG

Things are going to happen, huh? Like in so many other areas of this administration, "things" always seem to "happen", and they always seem to "happen" to us. Could this guy have a more cavalier attitude toward the first amendment to the US Constitution? Is it possible that anyone who commits fraud, or at least an error, at the upper echelons of the Bush administration, would take REAL responsibility for their actions (or non-actions)?
I had this lawyer friend years ago who I hired to represent me in a small affair. He failed to show up for the first day of small claims court because he said "it isn't my field of expertise." We ought not to allow our federal leaders the luxury of stating that they missed that day in class, so it couldn't possibly be their fault. What's next... he dog ate my homework?

"The buck should stop somewhere,"
-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

It does, Senator Clinton... usually a few doors down the hall to the offices without windows near the boiler room.

Even though these prosecutors were all Republican appointees, they weren't the kind of loyal-to-the-president and his agenda type that people like Karl Rove want them to be. In fact, former White House aid, and FoKR (Friend of Karl Rove - say it fast and it sounds just like what it should) Tim Griffin has been hired to replace one of the fired prosecutors, San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam. Some of you might remember Lam as the "ineffective(?)" prosecutor who put former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (REPUBLICAN-CA) away for using his position as a US Congressman to better himself to the sum of some $2.4 million.

Remember, it's not what you know, it's who you know. But in this White House, it's not who you prosecute, it's who they want you to prosecute.

Trying to put a Bush(43) happy face on things, President Photo-Op came out long enough to put his stamp on the prosecutorial firings today.

The firings "entirely appropriate"
-President Bush

Well, that ought to settle things. EVERYBODY, GET BACK TO WORK! There are Democrats to indict.

"Any time anybody goes up to Capitol Hill, they've got to make sure they fully understand the facts and how they characterize the issue to members of Congress,"

Oh, I get it now. It's not WHAT was done, it's HOW is was said. All cleared up now, GW... Thanks

Of course, the president needs to keep a distance from these events. after all, in this administration of "the little guy did it - we knew nothing about it", GW makes sure we all know who is responsible, or at least who isn't.

"But I never brought up a specific case or gave him (AG Gonzales) specific instructions,"

CWA, Bushie... CYA. Perhaps we should call the Bush administration "The Administration of Diminished Responsibility"?

And in this case of irony over substance, the GOP have decided to attack the new Judiciary sub-committee on oversight chairman, Senator Charles Schumer (DEMOCRAT-NY) for a possible "conflict of Interest because he's also the chairman of the DSCC (Democratic Senate Campaign Committee).

"I think Senator Schumer has a direct conflict of interest and is the worst possible person to be on the point,"
-Minority Whip, Senator Trent Lott (REPUBLICAN-MS)

"He has a conflict of interest,"
-Former Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (REPUBLICAN-PA)

Imagine anyone trying to politicize congress., Maybe the GOP should look at their own records from the past few years when they were in total command. Can anyone say Terry Schiavo? Let's remember that this is a case about elected GOP legislators, the Attorney General, the President's right-hand man (Rove) and possibly the President himself, seeking to take over the judiciary by firing federal prosecutors, put in place by him, en masse, because they followed the evidence rather than tow the party line.

There certainly is a "conflict of interest", and it's the American people's interests versus the special interests of the GOP and the Bush "base" of "haves and have mores".

-Noah Greenberg

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