Another phony 'scandal' has erupted, this time over the Justice Department firing of eight US Attorneys. Blood in the water!
Sure, Democrats, led by Hillary Clinton, and the MSM, (Time Magazine screams 'Gonzalez Under Siege.'
) are outraged now, but they all have conveniently forgotten about the Clinton Administration's firing of all 93 US Attorneys back in 1993.
Yesterday's lead editorial in the
reminds us that back then, Washington was abuzz over various Clinton scandals. Whitewater, Travel-gate and the 'suicide' of Vince Foster, among them. House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski was being investigated by Chicago's US Attorney Jay Stephens, who has said that he was '30 days away from indicting' Rostenkowski.
Bam! All 93 US Attorneys were fired by then-Attorney General Janet Reno, at the behest of Bill and Hill. At the time this action was unprecedented. Previous Presidents, including Bush, Reagan, even Carter retained the US Attorneys they inherited, replacing them only when others retired.
Fast forward to today. Why did President Bush decide to fire the eight US Attorneys? For under-performance on election fraud cases, among other cases.
"The supposed scandal this week is that Mr. Bush had been informed last fall that some U.S. Attorneys had been less than vigorous in pursuing voter-fraud cases and that the President had made the point to Attorney General Albert Gonzales. Voter fraud strikes at the heart of democratic institutions, and it was entirely appropriate for Mr. Bush -- or any President -- to insist that his appointees act energetically against it.
"Take sacked U.S. Attorney John McKay from Washington state. In 2004, the Governor's race was decided in favor of Democrat Christine Gregoire by 129-votes on a third recount. As the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and other media outlets reported, some of the "voters" were deceased, others were registered in storage-rental facilities, and still others were convicted felons. More than 100 ballots were "discovered" in a Seattle warehouse. None of this constitutes proof that the election was stolen. But it should have been enough to prompt Mr. McKay, a Democrat, to investigate, something he declined to do, apparently on grounds that he had better things to do.
"In New Mexico, another state in which recent elections have been decided by razor thin margins, U.S. Attorney David Iglesias did establish a voter fraud task force in 2004. But it lasted all of 10 weeks before closing its doors, despite evidence of irregularities by the likes of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or Acorn. As our John Fund reported at the time, Acorn's director Matt Henderson refused to answer questions in court about whether his group had illegally made copies of voter registration cards in the run-up to the 2004 election.
"As for some of the other fired Attorneys, at least one of their dismissals seemed to owe to differences with the Administration about the death penalty, another to questions about the Attorney's managerial skills. Not surprisingly, the dismissed Attorneys are insisting their dismissals were unfair, and perhaps in some cases they were. It would not be the first time in history that a dismissed employee did not take kindly to his firing, nor would it be the first in which an employer sacked the wrong person."
No 'scandal' here. So why the hell is current Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez apologizing? If he's really that much of a pansy maybe he should resign. We need an Attorney General with balls.