Cronyism Kicks Out Good Attorneys at Justice Dept
Yesterday’s New York Times has a very informative–and very depressing–article documenting the firing of several highly competent Justice Department attorneys, including Carol Lam, who got the guilty verdict in the Randy “Duke” Cunningham Congressional corruption scandal.
It seems that loyalty to the Republican party and willingness to play cronyistic games are more important than competence, if this article is accurate.
It continues to amaze me how the Bush administration gets its fingers into every little corner of things, always with the message that independent thinking and action are disloyal, and often with the message that competence is not valued as much as who your friends are. In one case, the times article claims that another very good prosecutor was kicked out to make room for some friend of Karl Rove’s with minimal legal experience.
Seven attorneys have been let go in the past few months–compared to just three in the preceding 25 years!
Says Adam Cohen, the article’s author:
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.
He then goes on to speculate on three possible reasons, none of them good.
And one more shocker that really crosses the line:
Even applicants to help administer post-invasion Iraq were asked whom they voted for in 2000 and what they thought of Roe v. Wade.
Is there no aspect of government that these thugs won’t wreck?