Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Yes Ma'am, Whatever You Say, Ma'am

Sometimes I wonder if Democrats think the rest of us are just really that stupid.

Case in point: Hillary Clinton's recent remarks over the firing of eight US attorneys.
"I'm deeply disturbed by what we have learned thus far," Clinton said, "and I join those who are calling for a full and thorough investigation to try to get to the bottom of these very political decisions that interfere with prosecutorial responsibility by U.S. attorneys, and I think that the attorney general should resign."

Clinton said the evidence so far pointed to "direct interference with the way U.S. attorneys are supposed to operate — to be impartial. There's evidence of political interference and political pressure being put on them to engage in partisan political activities." Clinton added there were "so many examples of an abuse of power, of going in and removing people not on the basis of performance but, in fact, because they were performing well, they were fulfilling their responsibilities as a U.S. attorney, and that wasn't within the political agenda of the administration."

Sounds good so far, right?

But then, as so often happens, the foot goes in with the second statement:
When Clinton's husband took office in 1993, one of the first actions his attorney general took was to remove every U.S. attorney. Clinton was asked how this was different from the termination of eight U.S. attorneys last December.

"There is a great difference," Clinton said. "When a new president comes in, a new president gets to clean house. It's not done on a case-by-case basis where you didn't do what some senator or member of Congress told you to do in terms of investigations into your opponents. It is 'Let's start afresh' and every president has done that."

So to be clear, Hillary Clinton thinks everyone should be evaluated on the basis of their performance and how well they were doing their job, not on the political agenda of the current administration, and that it's wrong to hire and fire US attorneys based on their alignment with the administration's political agenda.

Except that canning every single US attorney without reviewing their individual performance, just the fact that they were put in by the previous administration, then selecting new ones based on your own political agenda, is OK.

In short, everyone else has to play by my rules except for me.

Patterico has a great outline of this whole situation -- and why it's so mind-blowingly silly on so many levels.

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