Sunday, April 15, 2007

Bring Back the U.S. Attorneys

This morning on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania said that if the U.S. attorneys were fired without cause, they should be brought back.

Bloomberg has the poop on the scoop:
Specter said some of the attorneys released are under a professional cloud because the Justice Department initially said they were fired because of their performance.

"If they were released improperly, there ought to be a statement to that effect,'' the Pennsylvania Republican, 77, said. "If he was wrong, replacement -- reinstatement wouldn't be a bad idea if it could be done administratively.''
The New York Times weighs in with the following headline, "Specter Hopes for Deal on White House Testimony."
Mr. Specter said he had urged Mr. Gonzales at least to consider reinstating the eight. “Its kind of hard to unscramble these eggs,” he said, “but I think it is possible.”
The shelling to the stale GOP talking point that Bush had every constitutional right to fire whoever the hell his little evil heart desired received a deadly strike by Specter when he noted:

While a president has the power to replace all United States attorneys -- as some do at the outset of an administration -- “you can’t replace them for a bad reason,” Specter said.

You know, like the fact that U.S. Attorney Carol Lam was “hot on the trail' of political allies of a former Republican representative, Randy Cunningham, who was convicted of corruption in 2005."

Oooh, Howling Latina wishes that she could be a little fly on the wall at the White House.

Anybody who regards Arlen Specter as a constitutional authority is probably too stupid to be allowed to vote.
Well, he was once a prosecutor; and in fact,news accounts of Specter give him kudos for his wealth of knowledge of law.

So exactly what do you base your statement on?!?

Oh, that's right, the alternative world of neocons and Rovian-Cheney clones.
Oh, and I supposed Specter could never match the legal acumen of distinguished party loyalists from Jerry Falwell's school of law.
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