Paul Krugman in today’s New York Times (subscription required) points out the work of Donald Shields and John Cragan on the behavior of the U.S. attorneys since the Bush Administration came into office.
“Of the 375 cases they identified, 10 involved independents, 67 involved Republicans, and 298 involved Democrats. The main source of this partisan tilt was a huge disparity in investigations of local politicians, in which Democrats were seven times as likely as Republicans to face Justice Department scrutiny.
How can this have been happening without a national uproar? The authors explain: “We believe that this tremendous disparity is politically motivated and it occurs because the local (non-statewide and non-Congressional) investigations occur under the radar of a diligent national press. Each instance is treated by a local beat reporter as an isolated case that is only of local interest.”
And let’s not forget that Karl Rove’s candidates have a history of benefiting from conveniently timed federal investigations. Last year Molly Ivins reminded her readers of a curious pattern during Mr. Rove’s time in Texas: “In election years, there always seemed to be an F.B.I. investigation of some sitting Democrat either announced or leaked to the press. After the election was over, the allegations often vanished.”
So, as we focus on the Attorneys who were fired for apparent political cause after being blackmailed regarding their very reputation, the story remains about those who remain in office, doing the bidding of this Administration, possibly subverting our very Justice System.
As that famous Conservative talk-radio host Paul Harvey would say, that is “the rest of the story!”