Given the unending stream of lies, distortions, half-truths, and plucked cherries flowing from the White House over the last six years, I’m surprised to find myself thinking there might be some truth in their explanation of the whole attorney-firing thing.
To wit: the original explanation, I believe, was that they were fired for performance reasons. This seems transparently true: they were performing according to what law and ethics require, so they were fired. Nothing tricky, or out of step with Bush administration practices, about that.
Personally, I’m hoping Bush keeps Gonzales for the rest of his term, and Cheney and Rice and Hadley as well. Then there will be no question about the list of war criminals, who won’t be able to travel openly without protests and fear of arrest a lá Pinochet.
What I find funniest about the latest Presidential claim of executive privilege is the concept that someone might in fact come into the office of the most bubble-bound President in history and tell him exactly what they think. I mean, when was the last time that happened?
Then there are Republicans like Adam Putnam of Florida, number three in the House, who are pointing out that their colleagues are reluctant to make statements of support for Gonzales because they remember what happened when they made statements of support for Rumsfeld right before the election.
When you’ve even screwed your allies one time too many, you start to feel really alone. Or you dive into denial.
All in all, I find the spectacle of the self-destruction of Rove’s Republican reich both enjoyable and invigorating. And, I can’t deny it, validating. I never thought you could build a stable power base of any size, certainly not one big enough to call itself a majority, by lying, cheating, and stealing elections (and that’s just the part we know about). If, in addition, you use the power you cheat your way into to lie your way into an immensely profitable war, you better not get caught. Everyone you’ve cheated, everyone whose relatives your war killed or maimed, will be out to get you. If they know who you are.
One really good way to make sure people know who you are is to appear in public under-oath testimony in a Senate hearing on the firing of prosecuters who were pursuing corruption. Even the MSM will manage to sniff out a story there.