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Those mulch pocketing liberals at Think Progress point out a lovely quote from CNN. Referring to our old friend AG Alberto Gonzales, Putnam was quoted saying:John Boehner is about to wreck this kid...

“He did not distinguish himself in the hearing… There remains a cloud over the Department… I think they would be well served by fresh leadership.”

This is coming from the third highest Republican in the House and, alongside Prince Harry and Finnish President Tarja Halonen, one of the world’s most powerful gingers.

Everyone knows that Gonzo needs to, and will eventually, skee-daddle.  The only question is will it be soon enough to offset the political damage it has already caused this White House?

My vote is no.


According to WashPo, the Justice Department was asked to fire not just the 8 U.S. Attorneys that have been making such a whiny fuss about losing their careers over political bickering (inhale), they were in fact targeting the elimination of all 93 U.S. Attorneys in a massive fire-off.

Atty. Gen. Alberto “Skip to my loo” Gonzalez suggested firing a more palatable 8 of the federal prosecutors…the one’s who were doing the most damage to Republicans. The Post states:

“Lawmakers requested the documents as part of an investigation intoOBJECTION! whether the firings were politically motivated. While it is unclear whether the documents, which were reviewed yesterday by The Washington Post, will answer Congress’s questions, they show that the White House and other administration officials were more closely involved in the dismissals, and at a much earlier date, than they have previously acknowledged.”

Will anything come of this? Unlikely, but the story is firing up the typical news channels…Drudge is even so threatened by the news that he’s posted another one of his irrelevant “flashbacks”.

Here at the OuterLoop, we don’t have too many horrendous puns. But seeing as how our status in the blogosphere relies on them pretty heavily, we have to oblige. What’s great is that they don’t even have to make sense! Yaay!

Back on topic,’s Chris Cillizza (who could have easily titled the post “Domenici’s Domenono”, I’mpetedomenici.jpg disappointed, Chris) wrote about a very, very juicy – and ethically abhorrent – incident in New Mexico. Basically, Federal prosecutors were investigating several New Mexico Democrats in a very thinly-veiled political maneuver to win a few more seats in 2006. The investigation backfired on Republicans in NM, causing Rep. Heather Wilson (R, NM) to call U.S. Attorney David Iglesias personally to inquire about the status of the probe…i.e. cut it out. This call was followed about one week later by a similar call from Sen. Domenici, who had some strong words for Mr. Iglesias.

Eventually, Sen. Domenici called Atty Gen. Gonzales to have Mr. Iglesias, and six other U.S. Attorneys fired…most of them with favorable performance reviews.

Gonzales then hired seven new attorneys who would be more accepting of the administration’s “legal philosophy” including a former senior aide to Karl Rove.

Is there any meat to this story? Not really. Domenici is already in hot water, and considering his lingering health problems and his being a fogey…there’s a good chance he’ll step aside and let another Republican run for his seat in 2008.

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