The vast majority of U.S. Attorneys, 80-85 percent, I would guess, are doing a great job, are loyal Bushies, etc., etc.
Like I said earlier, AbuGonz now has no recollection of this conversation. What a shock. The point here, though, is that “doing a great job” was defined as “loyal Bushies.”
Is anyone comfortable with that? Again, this is not the crazy ramblings of liberal conspiracy theorists. This is the administration’s own people plainly asserting that what primarily counts for service in the administration is not competence, intelligence, character, or even success, but loyalty to the president.
That’s fine and dandy for positions like press secretary. If that’s your job, you’re nothing but a mouthpiece, so all that matters is how well you can say what you are told to say. You are not paid to think or exercise independent judgment, you are paid to parrot your bosses positions.
But if the employee is a US Attorney? Sorry. Yes, an attorney has to serve his client’s interests. But the attorney must do so within the bounds of his loyalty to the law and the courts. “The customer is always right” has no application to the attorney-client relationship. A good attorney often tells his client “No.” Sometimes that’s because the client wants to make stupid arguments, sometimes it’s because the client wants to do something illegal, and sometimes it’s because what the client thinks is a winning strategy is really a loser. Whatever the reason, an attorney has to exercise his own judgment; he cannot just be a tool for the client.
And George Bush would not even be the client of the US Attorneys. The Attorney General – and by extension the USAs – represent THE UNITED STATES. That’s the client, not Dubya. Now, obviously, when the client is an entity the client can only act through people. But those people occasionally want to do something that is not in the client’s best interests (think the people acting for Enron). Again, what does a good attorney do in that situation? She tells the client “No.”
So if being a “loyal Bushie” meant doing things like seeking indictments for non-existent cases of voter fraud, or short-circuiting investigations of Republicans, or rushing investigations of Democrats so that they will hit the press prior to elections, then being a loyal Bushie meant being a corrupt attorney.