Here's Stephens coverage of Sen. Harry Reid's news conference on the Bush administration's smelly use of interim appointments to replace a group of U.S. attorneys. Tim Griffin of Little Rock, a former Karl Rove aide installed after Bud Cummins was abruptly canned, is front and center.
"It is wrong that what has taken place here is cronygate without any question," Reid said. "It's pretty obvious in Arkansas what is going on. One of Karl Rove's cronies is now the U.S. attorney."
... Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., said Thursday the uproar over the appointment probably dooms Griffin if he were to be nominated and face Senate hearings.
"Unfortunately for Mr. Griffin, I think his appointment and the way this whole situation has been handled has tainted him," he said. "I don't even blame him for that. I think it's been handled in a way from the White House and the Justice Department that's put a big blemish on his record."
Joe Conason in Salon is also writing about Gonzales' "coup d'etat" seizing control of the U.S. attorney appointments for partisan purposes.