Here comes the next step in the eventual Democratic plan to impeach the current president.
Political appointees have traditionally served at the "pleasure of the President." At the onset of the Clinton admin istration, and again following his re-election, US Attornies, as with other political appointees, were expected to submit their resignations, giving the President a free hand in fashioning his administration. Clinton alone removed over 120 during his term. There was no major noise from the Republican-controlled House or Senate, and very little noise from the Democrat Senators and Congressmen. That was then, however.
Now, the Democrats are in change of the Congress, and, when a few sniveling US Attornies get replaced, as is traditional, both the House and Senate are up in arms--calling it 'political interference' in the affairs of the Justice Department. As usual, it is really another veiled attempt at getting to Karl Rove.
The LA TImes reported the Senate committee vote this morning, with a good article on what is happening. One particularly cogent comment was from Senator Jeff Sessions of (R)Alabama. "The president feels strongly that hauling his top aides" before Congress "is not … appropriate. It ( the conflict ) really is a separation of powers issue," Sessions said there is plenty of time later -- after the eight U.S. attorneys and Justice Department officials have testified under oath -- to authorize subpoenas for White House aides. That certainly seems to be a reasonable approach.
Surprisingly, the Boston Herald, usually willing to quote extensively on any thing Teddy Kennedy has to say, was more balanced in its morning editions, discussing both Presidential Spokesman Tony Snow's comments, along with those of both sides of the aisle in the Senate.
In the Herald, John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee promised, “Trust me, we are not going to move in a reckless or angry or temperamental way at all.” Believe that and I have bridge for you to buy. Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiicary Comittee was even mnoire candid in his comments, saying, “I do not take lightly a take-it-or-leave-it so-called offer from the White House, I believe in the prerogatives of the United States Senate.” Those prerogatives, of course, include potential impeachment.
Apparently, the honeymoon with the Democrats is now really over. We're back to crippling political battles that have crushed this nation, and its government, for too many years.