Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Sunday, March 11, 2007
More Dirty Tricks
Rove's fingerprints have been all over this Federal prosecutor story from the get. Now we get confirmation:
WASHINGTON - Presidential advisor Karl Rove and at least one other member of the White House political team were urged by the New Mexico Republican party chairman to fire the state's U.S. attorney because of dissatisfaction in part with his failure to indict Democrats in a voter fraud investigation in the battleground election state.

In an interview Saturday with McClatchy Newspapers, Allen Weh, the party chairman, said he complained in 2005 about then-U.S. Attorney David Iglesias to a White House liaison who worked for Rove and asked that he be removed. Weh said he followed up with Rove personally in late 2006 during a visit to the White House.

"Is anything ever going to happen to that guy?" Weh said he asked Rove at a White House holiday event that month.

"He's gone," Rove said, according to Weh.

"I probably said something close to 'Hallelujah,'" said Weh.
Yes, Federal prosecutors are political appointees. And yes, they serve at the pleasure of the President. But no, it is not common for there to be a purge of this magnitude of a President's own appointees because they're actually behaving like prosecutors and not more actively going after the opposing political party.

Since the interview with McClatchey, Weh has spun his statement differently (probably since his phone rang with a call from the White House), but the basic facts are remaining the same.

Our government apparatus is spending so much time trying to keep Bush in the box that other public business must be suffering. This is one of the reasons that Republicans end up being good a politicing and lousy at governing. And Rove. Rove needs to be put out on his ear and disgraced. Of course that will never happen.