Democrats like to throw charges of hypocrisy around vigorously. But this one is a little more obtuse than usual
The Justice Department is claiming that Ms. Lam and other well-regarded prosecutors like John McKay of Seattle, David Iglesias of New Mexico, Daniel Bogden of Nevada and Paul Charlton of Arizona — who all received strong job evaluations — performed inadequately.
It is hard to call what’s happening anything other than a political purge. And it’s another shameful example of how in the Bush administration, everything — from rebuilding a hurricane-ravaged city to allocating homeland security dollars to invading Iraq — is sacrificed to partisan politics and winning elections.
Hmm, remember when the newly elected Clinton Administration asked for the resignation from every Justice Department attorney? Recall that the new attorneys were scrupulously examined for political loyalty? Remember when the Clinton administration removed the Hatch Act which banned government employees from engaging in partisan political activity?
Did those things seem political? Probably not, they were all supported by Democrats.
It’s hard to see this column as anything other than a politically inspired hit piece by a loyal party functionary. Especially at a time when the Democrats are planning to raise money by selling access to their Committee chairs.