by Max Brantley
The Democrat-Gazette today broke its long silence on the burgeoning revelations of U.S. attorneygate that soon should claim another heckuva Bush hack, Alberto "The Torturer:" Gonzales. The D-G bottom line as with most transgressions by the Bush administration: An overblown "nonscandal." Critics are making a mountain out of a molehill, plus, Clinton didi it, too. Etc.
Except Clinton didn't.
Yes, Clinton removed Republican-appointed U.S. attorneys so he could appoint his own, as all presidents have done. BUT PAY CLOSE ATTENTION MR. EDITORIALIST: Clinton's appointees were submitted for Senate confirmation. From internal memos we know in their own words that the Bushies used the Patriot Act unlimited "interim" appointment exception with malice aforethought. In the case of Karl Rove's pet Tim Griffin, they intended to "gum it to death," with resistant home-state senators, exhibiting, nudge-wink, "good faith," while "running out the clock" on the Senate confirmation process. And, of course, they lied about their intentions repeatedly -- under oath, an act the editorialist refers to euphemisticaly as "talking loosely." The memos have also revealed some politically smelly reasons for other removals. More petty stuff, we're sure, if the D-G only had time to be bothered.
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