Wednesday, March 14, 2007


The NY Times unearths the latest bit of thoughtful governing from administration officials (from Andrew Sullivan):

The dismissal of the seven prosecutors was preceded the previous summer by the removal of [U.S. Attorney] Cummins in Arkansas. He was succeeded by J. Timothy Griffin, a former prosecutor who had once worked with Mr. Rove. In a Dec. 19 e-mail message, [aide to Gonzales] Mr. Sampson wrote: “Getting him appointed was important to Harriet, Karl, etc.,” a reference to Ms. Miers and Mr. Rove.

Mr. Sampson’s e-mail message, sent to the White House and Justice Department colleagues, suggested he was hoping to stall efforts by the state’s two Democratic senators to pick their own candidates as permanent successors for Mr. Cummins.

“I think we should gum this to death,” Mr. Sampson wrote. “Ask the senators to give Tim a chance, meet with him, give him some time in office to see how he performs, etc. If they ultimately say ‘no never’ (and the longer we can forestall that the better), then we can tell them we’ll look for other candidates, ask them for recommendations, interview their candidates, and otherwise run out the clock. All this should be done in ‘good faith’ of course.”

Generally it’s not a good idea to put quote marks around the term “good faith”, especially if the Senators you are bamboozling may read it at some point in the future.

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