Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall January 3, 2006 12:21 AM: TPM presents a reader's pious e-mail, which begins the inevitable attempt to calm the political storm on the basis of high principle: "At some point [the Abramoff Matter] will become a potent enough matter to be profoundly political in nature and those involved in the legal system will have to withdraw. To do otherwise would be to improperly engage the legal system in a political contest and undermine the foundational premise of an independent judiciary. This is the tightrope that Fitzgerald is walking in the Plame matter. So long as he is pursuing the violation of a particular Federal statute he is on solid ground. But were he to find himself standing on the threshold of something that, if pursued, could alter the political balance of power then he would have to retreat. Otherwise he would fall into that political contest and improperly involve DOJ in the public arena of political combat."
This is just great. First, the Republicans remove the Independent Prosecutor option, now they want to take the career prosecutors out of the equation as well. Elections are all there is. If crooked, incompetent authoritarian Republicans can win election, then we have to surrender the government to them. A Republican President can void the law. A Republican judiciary can void the Bill of Rights. Why? Because elections matter, and the American people are misinformed by the corporate, right-wing media.
No storm here. Just a little rain. Move along. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.