The good news is that the Senate overwhelmingly rescinded Bush’s ability to appoint U.S. attorneys without Congressional approval–one of those ‘terror-fighting’ ‘improvements’ that somehow found its way into the Patriot Act. But the coverage of the investigation is awful.
MSNBC is headlining the investigation into the U.S. Attorney scandal as “Bush vs. Congress?” They have turned this into a pissing contest, when the actual story is about the potential abuse of the justice system for partisan purposes.
But seeing whose dick is bigger is far more entertaining, I suppose.
While we’re on the subject, is there any doubt that the reason these USAs were fired was that they either refused to prosecute politically-motivated cases that were unsubstantiated or that they were investigating Republicans? While it remains to be seen if the firing is illegal, you would have to be delusional to think that replacing competent USAs in the middle of these investigations, six years into the Bush presidency, is the ethical thing to do.
That’s ultimately what bothers me about the coverage: the belief that something isn’t unethical unless it’s illegal (unless it involves Democrats and blowjobs, of course). Can we impeach the D.C. press corps?