Saturday, March 10, 2007

What about the attorneys that weren't fired?

Paul Krugman's editorial in the Times asks the right question (HT: Jim in Chicago on Kos):
The Gonzales Eight were fired because they wouldn’t go along with the Bush administration’s politicization of justice. But statistical evidence suggests that many other prosecutors decided to protect their jobs or further their careers by doing what the administration wanted them to do: harass Democrats while turning a blind eye to Republican malfeasance.

Donald Shields and John Cragan, two professors of communication, have compiled a database of investigations and/or indictments of candidates and elected officials by U.S. attorneys since the Bush administration came to power. Of the 375 cases they identified, 10 involved independents, 67 involved Republicans, and 298 involved Democrats. The main source of this partisan tilt was a huge disparity in investigations of local politicians, in which Democrats were seven times as likely as Republicans to face Justice Department scrutiny.
[emphasis mine] Instead of continuing to be shocked and outraged by scandal after scandal and strategic blunder after strategic blunder, why don't we get at the root of the problem and impeach Bush and Cheney?

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