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Bush goes lame duck

It took until September 2007, but President George W. Bush has finally gone lame duck. In nominating former Federal Judge Michael Mukasey as the next attorney general, following Alberto Gonzales, who steps down this month, Bush signaled that he’s tired of fighting Democrats to win victories for the conservative cause.

I suppose it was inevitable; not everyone is a Ronald Reagan. But with a much more solid conservative, Ted Olson, husband of former conservative commentator Barbara Olson, who perished in the 9-11 attacks, waiting in the wings, choosing Mukasey was definitely the easy way out.

Here’s the first sign of trouble: the Democrats approve of him. Don’t expect any conservative the Dems approve of to be anything more conservative than jumpin’ Jim Jeffords or John McCain – RINOs through and through.

Here’s the second sign of trouble: the press generally approves of Mukasey. Before you know it, Osama bin-Laden and Satan himself will be saying Mukasey’s a darn good guy for the job.

Time to flee to that Orlando rental home.

Democrats double-minded on attorney firings

While Democrats seize any and every excuse to investigate the Bush Administration and attempt to intimidate the nation’s first Hispanic Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, into resignation, they are also displaying their double standards. In more ways than one.

First, the Democrats all too quickly have forgotten recent history. In 1993, their guy – Bill Clinton – fired every single US attorney shortly after taking office. While replacing attorneys is a common practice when the administration changes hands, usually it is a gradual process, as attorneys in the middle of critical cases are generally allowed to finish out their work before being shown the door.

Clinton changed that rule, firing everyone in sight and gradually restaffing the US Attorneys Office with his own political cronies. It was unprecedented at the time, injecting such sudden partisanship into US legal proceedings. While the power was always there to do so, no president prior to Clinton had wielded that power so swiftly and completely.

Clinton’s attorney firings involved hundreds; now, Dems are decrying the firing of eight? That’s a double-standard. Liberals are trying to apply first aid kits to any potential black eyes they might get from folks with memories that go beyond last night’s sound-byte-drenched newscasts, by claiming there’s a big difference between firing attorneys in the Justice Department at the beginning of an administration, versus firing them in the middle of one.

Don’t be fooled. US attorneys, like all administration members, serve at the pleasure of the president and can be dismissed at any time, for any reason, without explanation. That’s how the Clintonistas described it back then, and the same principle applies now.

The real “big difference” libs are ignoring is a more inconvenient truth: there’s a big difference between firing eight attorneys, and hundreds of them!