An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 14, 2007

Fred – On The Attorney Firings

Filed under: 2008 — olbroad @ 11:01

Power of The President – Strength is Necessary
Fred Dalton Thompson

Once again the Washington scandal machine is in full frenzy. This time the hapless Justice Department is baring the brunt. It’s over the administration’s firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year. Who’s responsible for this atrocity? The aide at Justice in charge of the firings has been run out of town. Yesterday’s Washington Post front-page headline read “firings had genesis in White House.” The Democrats vow congressional hearings to determine if (if you can imagine this) politics were involved. Even Senator Chuck Schumer of New York was able to be coaxed into saying a few words. “Just when we thought our faith could not be shaken any further” he said.

The only problem is: There was nothing wrong with firing eight U.S. attorneys. Of course the Department of Justice was inept in the way they did it, trying to conceal things that didn’t need to be concealed but the U.S. attorneys, like innumerable other public officials serve at the pleasure of the president. He fired eight of his own appointees apparently because they we not aggressive enough in pursuing voting fraud cases. In 1993 Attorney General Janet Reno rode into town and fired every U.S. attorney in the country but one-all Republican appointees.

Amidst all this foolishness there is a serious question here. Considering the times we live in, do we really want to continue to try to chip away at the traditional powers of the president? Regardless of who wins the White House, don’t we need a strong president?

(Commentary from March 14, on Paul Harvey.  Thanks Pete!  🙂 )



  1. Just to let you know ABC Radio is rehashing Fred’s stuff from his stint on Paul Harvey. This originally aired back on March 14th.

    Comment by Pete Fanning — May 15, 2007 @ 4:44

  2. Ooooh….ok. I thought it was pretty darn short for a written commentary. I was extremely tired last night. LOL

    Hmmm….wonder if that means he’s doing some SERIOUS consideration to run? 🙂

    Comment by olbroad — May 15, 2007 @ 8:34

  3. If these are the true feelings of Thompson then he has no business in government. There is a separation of powers in this country for a reason and the erosion of that separation since the mid-sixties is beyond troubling.

    Turning the DoJ and its Civil Rights Division into arms of the GOP is a fundamental corruption of the spirit of a Democracy. To realize that you may have to project to see what your reaction would have been if it had happened under Clinton but I think that then you can agree with me.

    Comment by grumps — May 16, 2007 @ 1:43

  4. They serve “at the pleasure of the President”, no matter which party is in the White House. 92 were canned under Clinton. 8 under Bush. Hmmm….

    Comment by olbroad — May 16, 2007 @ 2:27

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