March 20, 2007
Senate judiciary committee chairman and committed leftist from Vermont, Patrick Leahy, has promised a bunch of subpoenas for high-level Bush Administration officials. The issue: the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys who always serve at the president’s pleasure. But the White House and Justice Department could not get their stories straight about the reasons for the firings and so we will be treated to the familiar drama of subpoenas, speeches by members of the committee and possibly worse.
Has the Bush Administration been asleep? Couldn’t they see that a consequence of the last election would be allegations and investigations? Why is it that so many things seem to be going wrong simultaneously? One reason is the president’s failure to take on the Democratic left. He thinks being nice to them means they will be nice to him. Can’t he see the Democrats want to cut his throat politically and will do anything to win the white house next year?
The so-called Bush legacy won’t be worth much unless he’s replaced by a solid conservative Republican. He had better start fighting, or he’ll regret it.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.