I’m somewhat stunned by the ambivalence of many of my fellow Beltway pundits to the seriousness of the charges in the U.S. Attorneys scandal.…The central question is whether the Bush administration has used the U.S. Attorneys as a systematic weapon in targeting the opposition party, rather than rooting out corruption and malfeasance wherever it appears. The natural inference from the evidence so far – and the conflicting stories from the administration – is that the eight fired attorneys were not being partisan enough.
Officials Investigated by the Justice Department
2001 thru 2006
|All Public Officials||298||67||10||375||4.4||<0.01|
|Local Public Officials Only||262||37||10||309||7.1||<0.01|
|State and Federal Officials||36||30||0||66||1.2||>0.05|
The Tables in the article get confusing because the authors get a bit obtuse discussing the null cell issue in a Chi-squared table. But it doesn’t take a Math Degree to see the point. The Justice Department is prosecuting [persecuting] the hell out of Democrats at the local level, while maintaining parity at the State and National level. Sullivan’s conclusion? The Republicans are using the U.S. Attorneys to attack Democrats, but confining it to local officials where it’s "off the radar." Sullivan sees this as Karl Rove’s M.O. – dirty tricks that don’t show.