09 March 2007

The Justice Department scandal

Paul Krugman (behind the NY Times firewall) provides the latest details:
Donald Shields and John Cragan, two professors of communication, have compiled a database of investigations and/or indictments of candidates and elected officials by U.S. attorneys since the Bush administration came to power. Of the 375 cases they identified, 10 involved independents, 67 involved Republicans, and 298 involved Democrats. The main source of this partisan tilt was a huge disparity in investigations of local politicians, in which Democrats were seven times as likely as Republicans to face Justice Department scrutiny.
Krugman goes on to say that Karl Rove is probably behind this, as he has a history of using phony prosecution against Democrats during election cycles.

How can this be? How could the Bush Administration have allowed 67 Republican to be prosecuted during the last six years? I thought these guys were supposed to be cutthroat political partisans who will bend every institution of government to support their political agenda. And yet here we have 67 potential congressman, columnists, and direct-mailing gurus cut down in the infancy of their political careers, all because of some notion of blind justice? Why isn't this tally 365 Democrats, 10 Independants, and NO Republicans prosecuted?

Come on, BushCo.: tighten up, you bunch of pussies.

(h/t the Daily Dish)

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