There are a few sites I haven’t been visiting lately because I was more than a little put-off by the blasé attitude of the site-owners toward the U.S. Attorney purge. When I ran up against posts that had a "who cares?" tone, my answer was "I do!" and I left. For the most part, I haven't been back to those sites. I don't seek out aggravation and annoyances. I'll venture back eventually. maybe once Gonzo is, well, gonzo...
Here is the thing about the Purge: It is a big deal. It always was a big deal. That it wasn’t a big deal to some people – people who I had always thought to be dedicated to the Constitution and the rule of law – just left a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.
I could not – can not – understand how anyone can just accept turning the Department of Justice into the department of “Just Us.” There is too much at stake. The very lynchpin of our Republic is in peril.
That is a big deal. Probably the biggest deal of my lifetime.
The White House acknowledged yesterday that e-mails dealing with official government business may have been lost because they were improperly sent through private accounts intended to be used for political activities. Democrats have been seeking such missives as part of an investigation into the firing of eight
Administration officials said they could offer no estimate of how many e-mails were lost but indicated that some may involve messages from White House senior adviser Karl Rove, whose role in the firings has been under scrutiny by congressional Democrats.
A lot of White House staffers it seems have violated the Presidential Records Act by using those outside email accounts. (Those accounts are for political correspondence. Anyone else get an Irony Alert?) Not only did they circumvent the PRA, they also used those unofficial email accounts to discuss the political purge of the eight
One exchange showed deputy White House political director J. Scott Jennings sending an e-mail titled "USATTY" to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' then-chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, from an address with a gwb43.com domain name.
"Does a list of all vacant, or about to be vacant, US Attorney slots exist anywhere?"
I have taken a few moments and communicated my concerns to both of my Senators, my Congressman and Representative Waxman’s Oversight Committee (contact information for every federal elected official is available in the left-hand sidebar – utilize it). It would probably be a pretty good idea if you did so too.