It's gotten scant coverage in the mainstream media, but President Bush yesterday signed the law repealing his ability to use the Patriot Act to install U.S. attorneys without Senate confirmation. Use of the provision to make former White House political deputy Tim Griffin the U.S. attorney in Little Rock led directly to this legislation and the growing controversy over the Bush administration's politicization of the Justice Department. Yes, Sen. Mark Pryor voted for the Patriot Act that included this unnoticed provision. But he dogged the issue sufficiently to get it fixed.
But.... not before Bush had used the Patriot Act exception one last time to put a U.S. attorney of his liking in place in California. The new law will give that appointee a maximum of four months as interim, however.