Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Spoils and spoil sports of victory

As a life long Democrat, I often worry that my judgement is clouded by my own particular political perspective. For that reason I am often very happy when my own political party initiates political shennanigans. That proves to me that I can still think straight. As of this morning the President, who is still an absolute fucking numbskull despite what I am about to say, has instructed the executive branch (of which he is second in command behind only the Vice Presiddent) to resist any subpoenas on the subject of the recent firings of a number of U.S. Attorneys. Normally, I would be most upset by a President telling Congress where to stick their subpoenas. I got quite upset when Mr Nixon did this some time ago. But I just can't get worked up about this issue.

In a nutshell, a bunch of U.S. Attorneys, who serve at the pleasure of the President, and are "at will " employees seem to have been canned for partisan reasons. There's a shock. When questioned about it by Congress, another dumb shit, who happens to be serving as our Attorney General, said that the firings were not political. All he had to say was that these guys are all at will employees and can be fired when we want to fire tem, case closed. If you guys want to do something about it, win the next presidential election. But he did not say that, because he is either an sanctimonious nincompoop or an inveterate liar. He said the only thing that would get him in trouble, something that could be proven to be demonstrably false by office e-mails.We did not fire them for partisan reasons.

Look, for a couple of centuries this country has functioned on the spoils system. It has been modified for non-poitical jobs (and political is defined VERY broadly) but it is still a system where the winners get jobs and the losers cry over spilt milk. When we win, God willing, in 2008, we will do the same thing. The Senate,i.e. the Democrats, in trying to precipitate a Constituitional Crisis, over nothing, is wasting our time and money. They need to be spending a little time figuring out how to move the President toward an end to the meat grinder in Iraq and not fussing over whether Karl Rove's buddy is going to be the next U.S. attorney of Omaha.No one is going to get bombed in Omaha or shot by a sniper. It's the war stupid. That's what we should be focusing on.

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