Admittedly, I am behind the times here, but I can't just ignore the Department of Justice investigations (witch hunt?) on a blog like this. I promise one day also to write about the detainees (hostages?) in Iran.
My first reaction upon hearing that 8 U.S. Attorneys had been fired was, "must be a slow news day." Then as the story gained momentum and investigations began and subpoenas started flying all over Washington, my eyes started rolling and haven't stopped. My distaste for this whole affair boils down to this: With all there is to criticize this administration about, why are we wasting so much time, energy and money pursuing a "scandal" which is mild at most and fabricated at worst? I certainly understand that Democrats have an impulse to undermine Bush at every possible turn (the same impulse the GOP had with the first, and I hope only, President Clinton). Giving in to such impulses has at least two negative consequences for the Democrats:
1) It's become a big distraction that ultimately will have little political consequence; and
2) It really makes them look petty.
We Republicans know this from experience. Back in Monica-gate, we GOPers got all in a tizzy that Clinton would have an inappropriate relationship with an intern. Then we got even more indignant when Clinton lied about it. So followed a political spectacle that I only hope we are ashamed of now. What were the results? Clinton, already a lame duck, was acquitted. Newt Gingrich lost all credibility with the public. In the next election, Republicans lost 2 seats in both the House and Senate, and Bush won the presidency on a technicality. Like we Republicans (should have) learned, manufactured scandals are not politically useful.
Of course, you can argue that activities within the DOJ have a bit more weight than do activities within Monica Lewinsky. But by and large, a lame duck president's alleged cronyism isn't going to make much difference--especially when an incoming Clinton fired ALL the then sitting U.S. Attorneys (many thanks to theobromophile for finding this link). And let's not forget that lying to a grand jury is no small thing either.
Besides, mightn't we all take a cue from the the film The American President? After a manufactured scandal, President Shepherd (played superbly by my favorite disgustingly liberal actor, Michael Douglas) was able to rise above the dirty politics and get support for his frighteningly broad gun control bill. We wouldn't want something like that to happen, would we?