Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Politics of Personal Destruction--Alberto Gonzales


Remember Hillary Clinton whining about how her enemies were engaged in the "politics of personal destruction". It was the ultimate pot calling the kettle black since the Clintons have perfected the "politics of personal destruction".

Yet, this is exactly what is going on when it comes to the purely political witch hunt against Gonzales. How is any of this even logical? Clinton fired all the U.S. attorneys upon entering the White House and yet hysteria erupts over Bush and Gonzalez firing 8, years into Bush's 2nd term.

Kudos to Dick Cheney for calling this exactly what it is, a witch hunt. Here is an excerpt:
"First of all, there's no charge," Cheney said. "What's the allegation of wrongdoing here? Frankly, there isn't any."

"They keep rolling over rocks hoping they can find something, but there really hasn't been anything come up that would suggest there was any wrongdoing of any kind," Cheney told CNN's Larry King.
Rush brought up that Chris Wallace lambasted Russ Feingold on this issue this past weekend on Fox News Sunday. Here is how Rush described it and some of the actual exchange between Wallace and Feingold:
Chris Wallace says, "Senator, according to this morning's New York Times, Alberto Gonzales may actually have been right. The dispute may have been over -- it's very technical -- the computer searches of databases not the interception of phone calls. But in any point it's a very technical issue we're discussing here. Does this really rise to the level of appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the attorney general for perjury?"

FEINGOLD: You bet it does. This is technical, and it is classified, but there's really nothing more important than not having the attorney general of the United States tell false statements to Congress about these programs and about what's going on. Now, the truth is that the attorney general, in my view, has at least lied to Congress and may have committed perjury. And I think we need to have somebody who is able to look at both the classified and non-classified material in a way that he can actually determine whether or not criminal charges have to be pursued.

RUSH: Chris Wallace then says, "Senator, wouldn't the American people rather see Congress do something about lowering drug prices, about energy policy, about student loans, all part of the Democrat agenda that you haven't passed so far rather than engage in this political theater?"

FEINGOLD: That's just not true. We have passed a major energy bill in the Senate. We have passed major legislation on student lowers and higher education.

WALLACE: Forgive me, Senator, but none of it has gotten through Congress.

FEINGOLD: Well, the fact is a minimum wage increase got through Congress.

RUSH: (Laughing.) Whoop-de-doo! Yip yip yip yip yahoo. Wallace says, "Can you point to a single smoking gun, any hard evidence that the White House has done anything illegal?"

FEINGOLD: I think clearly with regard to the NSA surveillance program --

WALLACE: No, I'm talking about the US attorneys, sir.

FEINGOLD: I believe they probably have. I can't give you anything definitive on that, but I do believe there's been terrible misconduct and misleading approaches here.

WALLACE: But I think the question is, "Is this really going anywhere?" Is this substantive oversight, or is this political theater? I mean, the point is, on the US attorneys which we're talking about, six-, seven-month investigation, 8500 pages of documents, 14 witnesses, and you say yourself as a member of the Senate judiciary, you haven't found any hard evidence that the White House has broken the law.

FEINGOLD: Well, I happen to think they probably did break the law here --

WALLACE: But do you have any evidence?

FEINGOLD: -- over until we -- well, that's why we're asking for people like Karl Rove and others to come down and testify so we can actually examine the evidence.

RUSH: They don't have anything, and he had to (grumbles), "Well, we did pass a minimum wage." My guess is that Senator Feingold does not know how shellacked he was when he left the Fox News broadcast complex on Sunday.
Even Feingold admits that they have nothing and that this is no more than a fishing expedition.

Kimberly Strassel from the Walstreet Journal also talks about how this is about politics, not the law in her column entitled, Beneath Contempt. Rich Lowry also weighs in with, A scandal monomania, where he concludes with this statement:
"The Democratic majority brings to mind a paraphrase of the old saw about teaching: Those who can, legislate. Those who can't, investigate."

Is it any wonder as Chris Wallace pointed out that this "do-nothing" Congress has such low approval ratings? They aren't accomplishing anything but wasting our taxpayer money and time by trying to dig things up on Bush to try and smear him and his administration.

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