Originally Posted by cmitch
Can anybody say 'Clinton White House travel office'?
Yeah, we can all say that, but what does that have to do with anything like firing federal prosecutors? Were the White House travel office personnel left behind by Bush the elder making policy before Clinton arrived? How were they anything more than office clerks making travel arrangements for the White House and staff?
Also, most of us understand lying to Congress, a Grand Jury, a Judge or some other federal or state official (FBI, local police, etc.) is considered criminal. We also understand Clinton lied and was caught. He and his wife and daughter have paid dearly for that lie. Scooter Libby lied to a Grand Jury and has been convicted. He should be held accountable and pay a price as well. Pardoning him, which appears to be the likely avenue he will escape by, will leave him with a clean record. Not a good result.
In this case Gonzales has personally lied to Congress, and has sent his subordinates to lie to Congress.
Also, Clinton's Administration did not fire the whole lot of federal prosecutors. They were asked for their resignations, and then their records were reviewed. Those meeting criteria I am not aware of, but presume was likely based on their understanding of the law demonstrated by their record, were asked to stay and the resignations of others were accepted. This was not repeated every two years based on how well each of the Clinton appointees toed the political line by Clinton either.
While invoking the aura of Clinton to 'splain away the problems Bush is having being President is so comforting to Republicans, it is almost always meaningless - just a diversionary tactic to allow you guys to wallow in your bubbling cauldron of hatred for Bill Clinton as a kind of time out. Works for indefinite periods of time when you are surrounded only by like thinking bobble headed Republicans, and just doesn't cut the mustard when the audience isn't hand picked, like minded Republican bobble heads. Jim