Gonzales' Eulogies are Obvious -- and a Hoot

The eulogies for the about-to-be-gone Alberto Gonzales continue to sound. Over the past few days two such more articles made their way into our public discourse.Bottom line?The Justice Department can and will recover from his disastrous tenure as attorney general -- but it won't be easy. Duh.

The best part of these pieces?The parts where the intrepid journalists sought out and found lame Gonzales apologists to offer their upbeat perspectives on his tenure -- an attempt at offering "balance" to a story that really, in truth, is pretty straightforward. Which brings us to a fellow named Viet Dinh, an early architect of the legal response to the war on terrorism and the acclaimed (or vilified) author of the USA Patriot Act.

Dinh was quoted at law.com as saying this: "As for his [Gonzales'] legacy, the ironic thing is, I think he did a pretty good job as attorney general..." With that kind of judgment -- if he were smart he'd say he was misquoted -- it's no wonder the Justice Department is in shambles and the government's legar war on terror is a mishmash of missed opportunities and poor policy choices.Gonzales did "a pretty good job"? Sure -- and Mrs. Lincoln had a "pretty good time" at the play.

From Law.com: "Demoralized. Discredited. Dysfunctional. These words are among those used to sum up the state of the Justice Department under the watch of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who last week announced he will step down Sept. 17. Much like a wounded patient in an intensive care unit, the department is in need of critical attention to revive its core mission: law enforcement.

"Exactly how much influence Gonzales exerted throughout the department is still open to debate, but as his 2½-year tenure comes to a close, this much is clear: Main Justice is in disarray. Current and ex-career employees, former political appointees, legal scholars, detractors, and supporters all tell the same story: The shortcomings are numerous and the successes few and far between."

From US News and World Report: "The resignation of embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was never a question of if but of when. So when Gonzales finally announced last week that he will leave the Justice Department, his departure offered a glimmer of hope that the beleaguered agency would at last have a chance to remake an image sullied by months of scandals.

"Gonzales's inability to explain --or even, he said, remember -- whether politics played an undue role in the department's hiring, firing, and prosecution decisions turned the former Texas Supreme Court judge and presidential confidant into a symbol of all that was wrong inside the 110,000-person bureaucracy.'

By Andrew Cohen |  September 4, 2007; 8:36 AM ET
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Tomorrow is here. The game is over. The crisis has passed - and the patient is dead. It's gone. And not just in some abstract sense, some metaphorical or mythological sense, but down in the nitty-gritty, in the concrete realities of institutional structures and legal frameworks, of policy and process, even down to the physical nature of the landscape and the way that people live.

"How does it become a man to behave toward this American government to-day? I answer that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it."
- Thoreau

Now from all this, what follows?

The time has passed for ordinary political opposition, "within the system." The system itself has been perverted and converted into something else; it is now impossible to "work within the system" in the old understanding of that term, because that old system is gone. To work within the current system is to collaborate with evil, to give it legitimacy.

Thoreau's answer should be taken up by every person in public life, beginning with the Senators and Representatives in Congress, and radiating outward to all other elected officials in the 50 states, and to civil servants and other government employees, law enforcement agencies, judges, universities, contractors, banks, and on and on, throughout the vast, intricate web that binds the lives of so many people directly to the federal government. There should be non-compliance, non-recognition of this illegitimate authority, disassociation from taking part in its workings.

But we must also recognize that the kind of civil disobedience that Thoreau preached - and practiced - is immensely more difficult today, because the power of the state is so much greater, far more pervasive, more invasive and much more implacable, more inhuman. The technology available to the government today amplifies the scope of repression immeasurably, both in the pinpoint, surreptitious targeting of individuals and in larger-scale operations.

Posted by: C. Floyd | September 4, 2007 10:27 AM

"and Mrs. Lincoln had a pretty good time at the play." Oh, that's FUNNY!

Posted by: | September 4, 2007 10:47 AM

well, Thoreau was eccentrically anti-social in a personal experiment, but the quote CERTAINLY DOES APPLY NOW!

Posted by: T | September 4, 2007 10:50 AM

Not to mention, C. Floyd, aside from your very valid points on the role of an impersonalized mechanical tools that these days one can be repressed without even doing a thing, just appearing, or even existing. (Foucault, from what he wrote on insanity ,to social control, to power is one of the most illuminating here- in fact I'm sure many of the fabricators of the Republican ideology (They're about as far from Bill Buckley as one can get, I'll certainly say that!) get their notions directly or some other way from Foucault (a guy whose notions were shown to be politically uninformed or wrong when he got the chance to affect government in France)

Posted by: Rex | September 4, 2007 10:59 AM

so some Vietnamese guy was the author of the Patriot Act? Why does that fit GW's weird notions of communism to American rags to riches success stories?


(Incidentally how, explicitly this time, the news corps are SWORN TO SECRECY about GW's surprise visit to Iraq this past Labor Day weekend. What the f..????!!!! And btw, who exactly are the loyal "news corps" who agree to do this?
Where'd my country go? I know it was more present in the not too distant past.

I even remember Spiro Agnew's speech about the distorted picture of actual events that emerged from news coverage in practice, and the concerns it presents for the democratic structure. So somehow we've gone WAY beyond even Spiro Agnew, of all people ?

I know such experienced journalistic luminaries as Ted Koppel also recently saying very similar things.

Posted by: Sam | September 4, 2007 11:12 AM

I'm moved to tears to see the country I served ripped to shreds by thoughtless ideologues Americans themselves placed in office.

Will I ever see it whole again?

Posted by: esmith4 | September 4, 2007 11:56 AM

Did Rove Succeed Where Nixon Failed?

The Washington Post reports that Rove has been running a Nixonian-type political operation to benefit Bush in his 2004 reelection bid and to assist Republicans country-wide. It appears, in fact, that the U.S. Attorney firings and the White House political briefings at the departments and agencies, in blatant violation of the Hatch Act (which prohibits such activity), are merely examples of a grander scheme that operated behind closed doors.

I have long suspected that these are only small chips that have fallen from a mighty iceberg - a systematic, broad-based, wide-scale program to infuse the Executive Branch from top to bottom with Republicans stalwarts and thinking, creating an influence that will remain long after Bush has left Washington. These efforts, I believe, are part of Rove's desire to create an enduring GOP majority; it is for this reason that he has worked to operate the Executive Branch not for the public interest, but rather for the particular interests of the Bush mafia alone.

This is all strikingly familiar to anyone familiar with the Nixon presidency. However, it may be that Rove has actually accomplished what Nixon wanted to do during his presidency, for Nixon, of course, got caught abusing the powers of the presidency, in order to insure that he remained in office, by assisting other Republicans. It is unfortunate that the June 1974 Final Report of the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities is not available online as a reminder. But a central and significant aspect of the Senate Watergate Committee's investigation examined how the Nixon White House devised and employed plans like "the Responsiveness Program," which, for example, sought to "redirect Federal moneys to specific administration supporters and to target groups and geographic areas to benefit" Nixon's campaign.

Nixon also used "the powers of incumbency" as never before to help his friends and hurt his perceived enemies. While no article of impeachment directly addressed this failure "to take care that the laws be faithfully executed," his behavior provided the context for his removal. Congress was aware of Nixon's plans, and they fell short of impeachable activity largely because Nixon both had not had time to fully implement them, and managed to keep buried much of what he had already done.

Given the basically un-cracked secrecy of the Bush Administration, it is not unreasonable to suspect that Rove has managed to accomplish what Nixon failed to do, and that the Bush Administration has undertaken a large-scaled politicalization program throughout the Executive Branch during the past six-plus years.

More seriously, it can also be a crime for a federal official to use his or her power for political purposes. One of the broadest federal criminal laws is the conspiracy statute that prohibits defrauding the government. Under federal law, which prescribes punishment by up to five years in prison, such a fraud has been broadly defined.

The leading case is the Supreme Court's 1923 ruling in Hammerschmidt v. United States. There, the Court stated, "To conspire to defraud the United States means primarily to cheat the government out of property or money, but it also means to interfere with or obstruct one of its lawful governmental functions by deceit, craft or trickery, or at least by means that are dishonest. It is not necessary that the government shall be subjected to property or pecuniary loss by the fraud, but only that its legitimate official action and purpose shall be defeated by misrepresentation, chicanery, or the overreaching of those charged with carrying out the governmental intention." Misuse of federal power for political purposes, thus, can fall rather easily within this statute.

There are other criminal statutes that the evidence suggests Rove might have violated, as well. Section 595 of Title 18 prohibits "a person employed in any administrative position" of the Federal Government from using his or her "official authority for the purpose of interfering with, or affecting, the nomination or the election of any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the Senate, Member of the House of Representatives..." Violation of this statute can result in a fine or prison up to a year, or both.

Section 600 of Title 18 prohibits promising any Government benefit or "any special consideration in obtaining such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party" in connection with a Federal election. Violation of this "bribery-lite" statute can result in a fine of $1000 or prisons up to a year, or both.
On the other hand, waterboarding has been approved.

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Posted by: John Dean | September 4, 2007 12:54 PM

esmith4....I served also...and do you honestly think the folks at moveon.org...or for that matter washington post bloggers.....aren't ideologues as well?

get used to it! "Our country" means nothing these days. there is no unity of mind and spirit. this is a product not of some recently tried and failed neocon ideoloues...this is somehting that has been building for a long time through unrelenting messages of class warfare practiced in certain political quarters because it sells with the base; an academic/political elite that believes in the Constitution only when it bends to serve its value system - while hypocritcally carping when others bend it to serve their purposes (are you kidding me on this one - that document and its spirit have been raped for decades on end in the name of "progressiveness"); a profession - the law - that serves mighty mamon and desititues the population far worse in the aggregate than ANYTHING a mediocrity like Gonzales could ever have schemed to achieve; a party that preaches social holiness/goodness while moving in every instance to shield its thieves and scoundrels (think Kennedy, Clinton, Franks, Jeffersen, Leahy, Murtha...and on...and on)......

you and blatantly biased "observers" like Cohen are part of the problem. you are part of the systemic rot that needs to be cleared away quite frankly. none of you are constructive either. you don't have solutions. you aren't honest in distinguishing symptoms from causes. you pick and chose in this pretend to be engaged world we now inhabit. you don't understand your own psychologies and patterns of behaviour.

it's a spectacle. I'll give you that...all around that is.

Posted by: bored to tears | September 4, 2007 01:00 PM

Poor Gonzales. Great example of what one becomes when mentored by George.

Posted by: felicity | September 4, 2007 01:37 PM

As others have said, Bush makes Nixon look like a piker. Nixon was a petty crimina; with Bush, we have a crime boss and a criminal cartel. Ordinary people who are supporting this kind of criminality should be ashamed. Ashamed or not, they will soon be sorry, as this administration's policies work only for the wealthy.

Posted by: Gardenia | September 4, 2007 01:44 PM

"a party that preaches social holiness/goodness while moving in every instance to shield its thieves and scoundrels"

GOP Rep. Mark Foley ring a bell. GOP Sen. Larry Craig? GOP Sen. David Vitter? No? The face of today's GOP. LOL.

The Mark Foley scandal, which broke in late September 2006, centers on soliciting e-mails and sexually explicit instant messages sent by Mark Foley, a Republican Congressman from Florida, to teenaged boys who had formerly served as congressional pages.


Sen. Larry Craig denied that he was trying to engage in lewd behavior in the airport bathroom and suggested he was entrapped by the arresting officer.

In early July 2007, Sen. David Vitter's phone number was included in a published list of phone records of Pamela Martin and Associates, a company owned and run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, also known as the "D.C. Madam", which is accused by the U.S. government of being a prostitution service.

Posted by: Mario | September 4, 2007 01:55 PM

mario...not surprisingly...my point zipped right by you. Franks tacitly approved running a gay prostitution ring out of his home. it's not that I am not appalled by what Foley did (I am)...it's that I care less about it when I see the obvious double standard in play and the clear hypocrisy of so many on this blog and in our polictical parties, press, etc., generally. the point (simple as it may seem)? hypocrisy and criminality are not ideology or party specific. if one is going to rant about Gonzales et al...open the aperture and be honest about it.....otherwise, in my eyes and those of many others...the attacks are just more empty partisanship bereft of any real "actionable" content.

frauds can wear masks other than just neocon neoprene.

Posted by: | September 4, 2007 04:42 PM

"As others have said, Bush makes Nixon look like a piker."

gee wilikers Mrs Wilson...that must make it so!

"Nixon was a petty criminal; with Bush, we have a crime boss and a criminal cartel. Ordinary people who are supporting this kind of criminality should be ashamed. Ashamed or not, they will soon be sorry, as this administration's policies work only for the wealthy."

were it not so funny...I'd take the time to answer...huh? you are adept at quoting from the great book of mindless cliches...I'll give ya that our fallow gardenia!

Posted by: | September 4, 2007 04:48 PM

so Mr Dean...let me get this right.....replacing attorneys with party hacks...who can also be replaced by succeeding Presidents...is part of a long term strategy to subborn the government to wayward Republican thinking. hmmmmmm...there's a role for Mel Gibson in there somewhere!

you've been inside the Beltway too long...or not long enough. best you go back and understand how the bureaucracy really works there and what its vested interests are.

Posted by: | September 4, 2007 04:55 PM

"bored to tears" seems determined to want to believe in no agreement on anything, as that is a cornerstone apparently to sanction his own agenda. Whatever ideologies and selectivity is practiced by the left also-no disagreement there, I deplored the end of the Clinton administration and actually supported how Bush appeared to be and presented himself then- your anxiety to insist on "no agreement" is misleading.

Some, hopefully many do still, or would if they were aware of the possibility, are still willing to uphold certain American cornerstone principles. If that leaves outside those who fail to show honesty and objectivity and are determined in bad faith to attack agreement on things which are GENUINELY WORTHWHILE AND WELL INTENDED FOR ALL , so be it.

Posted by: B | September 4, 2007 05:14 PM

THE JOHN DEAN? This is an honor indeed! Please come more often!

Posted by: Bradley | September 4, 2007 05:18 PM

Oh, in countless instances the administration shows their Nixon precedents, (as anon @ 4:55 plays the phony innocent ), but have taken that to an exponential extreme (why they would want to? Jewish support for money, opening up oil? )and to engage in outrageous private behavior sometimes even without regard to public plausibility. One can see this if follows the administrations statements and actions just in the last few months when the veneer has worn thin at times would be implausible that it WEREN'T true.

The incredible kinds of things pushed for of evident GREAT IMPORTANCE to them, and these are only the PUBLIC things, shows without question to me a bizarre, surreal mentality (there should be numerous evident examples of what realities and impulses are put a jovial, normal public face on to raise some MAJOR doubts and questions)concerned solely with removing any "obstacle" (I wouldn't be surprised if this referred to people as well) standing in the path of self-aggrandizing whims.

Posted by: Jim | September 4, 2007 05:31 PM

you and blatantly biased "observers" like Cohen are part of the problem. you are part of the systemic rot that needs to be cleared away quite frankly. none of you are constructive either. you don't have solutions. you aren't honest in distinguishing symptoms from causes. you pick and chose in this pretend to be engaged world we now inhabit. you don't understand your own psychologies and patterns of behaviour.

it's a spectacle. I'll give you that...all around that is.

Couldn't have stated it better, Bored-second that!

Posted by: arrabbiato | September 4, 2007 08:12 PM

The fundamental solution is decentralization. No problem, there is a sufficient supply of public idiots to go around.

Posted by: On the plantation | September 4, 2007 09:11 PM

Good piece, Mr. Cohen, but here's a little feedback from the interior hinterlands.

Okay, bona fides first: I think AGAG was a terrible AG.

(1) He supported and promoted numerous policies and laws that - in my opinion - unjustifiably and wrongly violate basic constitutional protections and international treaties to which the US is a signatory (perhaps, now, in name only).

(2) He lied repeatedly to Congress or demonstrated such indifference to, or ignorance of, the conduct of his subordinates as to warrant his removal via the impeachment process.

That said, another attorney I know (I am one, too, in the heartland) who worked for DOJ as an AUSA for many years and knows a number of current division leaders there has heard nothing from them about departmental demoralization. "They are getting on with things," he said. In a bureaucracy as large and decentralized as DOJ, in many areas, the line-level work can go on.

My colleague is a 2X Bush voter, so maybe his reports are questionable, but even he denounces the extreme cronyism of this administration this way: "Of course you can demand loyalty from your subordinates, but you should also make sure they're competent." Which, he agrees, the current administration has not done.

So there you have it: a long-time Bush supporter decries the elevation of loyalty at the cost of competence. At root, I think that expressly concisely how this administration will be assessed and remembered.

Posted by: Alan | September 5, 2007 08:52 AM

wow Alan! one guy who voted twice for Bush. that settles it - a definitive sample set if ever there were one.

at least you got part of it right - the politicos come and go...the GS stay...administration after adminstration after administration. you want to understand where some real sloth, incompetence, entrenched agendas are located....poke your uninformed head around there as well. at least the Bushie DOJ didn't deliberately order the killing of US citizens on US territory..as long we are covering excess....no matter how WACO they might be. but yes...the Constitution is in grave peril...cuz you and other practicioners from the noble profession that abuses courts like the 3rd district crt in DC to circumvent proper legislative processes; or, trial lawyers who extract exhoritant settlements - mostly for themeselves; or ACLU types who protect civil rights...for some......

yes..the law is a profession that is clothed in nobility...a shining example of what the best and imagined brightest can do if motivated and funded. they alone, among our bedrock institutions, have risen above the diurnal struggle in pursuit of a better and more just world for all of us.

crass hypocrites.

Posted by: | September 5, 2007 09:25 AM

adddendum to Al....you are wrong about how bush will be remembered. he will be a footnote. it is the succeeding few administrations that will suffer the burdens of large scale failure.

listen to the current crop of prospective "leaders". they have no real plans. it's doubtful many even understand the broader challenges. should rumors prove true..many advocate policies that will exacerabate...not improve things. feeling "good" about how others view us is not a foreign policy and it will not stop terrorists - this one will be fun to watch...unless of course you happen to live in the wrong neighborhood. I know...not a problem for many/most moveon types and their sponsors. getting all googly over the suspect science/numbers behind global warming might be great for cocktail parties in Georgetown....but it really isn't looking at things from the right peak...say Hubbert's peak. 50 million abortions may in the end be justified by privacy logic...but it does tend to cheapen the fundamental value of life...does it not? (let alone the notion of what inter-generational wealth transfers really mean should one not be there to receive it (everything has consequences...right? we're all connected...right?).

what will the next administration do about these far larger issues...when they're not busy crying chicken little over 8 attorneys who serve at the pleasure of the President; or bemoaning the plight of a non-covert CIA employee whose bosses had little positive to recommend about her work or actions; or Senators who tap the feet of others in public heads...yes all serious matters with mortal importance.

Posted by: | September 5, 2007 09:45 AM

How many more comments from the 28%ers must we endure?

Face it, guys -- Bush is the worst president in over 100 years, and maybe ever. This administration has soiled the good name of the United States in the world with its ill-advised and poorly executed policies. The military is stretched so thin that it is near the breaking point, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The electorate is realizing that Republican control of all branches of the government is a really bad idea, accorting to the Cook Political Report. The Department of Justice under Gonzales was neither. And that's just the executive branch. Don't get me started on the others. Pogo was right: "We have seen the enemy and it is us." Hopefully 2008 will remove those unworthy of governing from office.

Posted by: Nellie | September 5, 2007 09:49 AM

Anon @ 9:45, what do you mean about the impact of "intergenerational wealth transfers etc.."; You mean inheritance if the recipient has died? Has there ever in the US been some law preventing inheritance in any case? Not sure what you mean.

Posted by: Will | September 5, 2007 11:22 AM

Yeah, Ok, so uncovered a very few number of people planning to bomb (funny how this sort of news occurred so opportunely)in Germany and Denmark, which isn't a big surprise-those are two countries that have had some threat before. Doesn't seem to take many people (two in Germany, eight in Denmark)to plant a bomb, but this is declared as indicative of a "massive" planned attack, and al-Quaeda resurgence?

If it takes very few people to construct and plant A "MASSIVE" bomb such as alleged (1200 pounds TNT), rather than promoting fear about invisible subterranean "cells" amongst the general public or silently "monitoring" "suspicious" appearing people or encouraging to control people's thoughts who MAY have a "profound hatred" for the US....since the object is making a bomb, is it somehow possible instead to quarantine any and all material that could possibly be used to make a major bomb?

Posted by: Lane | September 5, 2007 12:04 PM

9:45 Anon
Also,
Hubbert's peak-- that theory, resources are finite, so? As far as oil, or sustainable food for the population? What are you implying? You're not advocating getting rid of a third of the world's population, are you?

Not quite seeing what you imply as far as what "not stopping terrorists" has to do with living in those "wrong neighborhoods" which are "not a problem" for affluent liberal "types", other than that many from "wrong neighborhoods" are prone to being influenced by such unapparent fearmongering and innuendo (no need to be so alienated from liberals, unless the only way to validate your positions is to posit some false straw-man opponent for a false polarity; many aren't necessarily some "limousine liberal" hypocrites)

Explain if so inclined.

Posted by: | September 5, 2007 12:29 PM

B.....where is there agreement? there hasn't been been since the solid 38-42 per centiles starting forming on either side of the ideological aisle. accompanying the ideological divide is a participatory divide....not too many moveon.org types (or any liberals) with military experience! not too many conservatives working to feed the starving in Africa....let alone SE St Louis.

Posted by: | September 5, 2007 12:47 PM

As for Viet Dinh's comment, Back in May, he was quoted in Think Progress as saying

"I'd rather trade places with Jose Padilla."- Viet Dinh, a former senior Justice official under then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, on whether he would replace Paul McNulty as deputy to Alberto Gonzales. Padilla is currently charged with aiding Islamic extremists and is facing life in prison. May 19, 2007 "

Clearly Gonzo had to go, better sooner than later, but give the man a break! He is, after all, a decent human being, not an ogre.

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Posted by: Gregory F. Bachelis | September 5, 2007 12:52 PM

12:29 anon....nope. I'm saying that as one surveys the calamities the more hysterical sorts bombard us with every day...and the focus of the political elites entertaining the notion of taking over the big job.....they aren't even addressing the really significant issues. most of the bombastic material we read from idiot Post writers and emotionally undernourished posters is payack for perceived past transgressions and not centered on the real problems. in a less technical manner.....most of it is hot air....in short BS. a sideshow.

Obviously, a comprehensive package of ecnomic/technical/social solutions is needed. I don't profess to have the answers - but I am focusing more attention on what the "experts" are saying to determine whether or not this really is the seminal problem of our time (and not that chimera global warming). I lived through the gas lines of the 70s and 30+ years of non-resolution. how is our political process attacking this problem? what forces (and spare me the evil corporations argument - there are multiple forces in play here) are firewalls to progress? what is the real time line and what are the real risks?

Where are the leaders? I don't give a rat's patout about Gonzales' competence or some sexual dalliances at Abu Ghraib captured in intentionally provocative photos. that's all small potatos compared to the real threats.

Posted by: bored to tears | September 5, 2007 01:04 PM

will......I'm alluding to what strikes me as a paradox: the same folks who are concerned with environmental issues often refer to inter-generational wealth transfer (i.e., the environment) as one among many reasons for supporting their cause. it has been my experience that these folks are also strongly pro-abortion (yes...an unsupported generlization with many exceptions no doubt). it strikes me as incongruent to worry about inter-generational transfers while working to eliminate those future generations! a sidebar thought....nothing more significant than that.

Posted by: bored to tears | September 5, 2007 01:12 PM

Incompetence can be compatible with something more sinister; I wish people wouldn't fall back on this "incompetence" business, as if it were simply a matter of embarassment and bungling, foot in the mouth etc..

Posted by: Mike | September 5, 2007 10:56 PM

Hey, Anonymous:

I've done survey research, [Insert unknown name here]. I didn't claim that my colleague's comments amounted to a rigorous or statistically meaningful sample. I used a rhetorical device known as an example. Perhaps you're not familiar with it.

Anyway, I'm waiting for the day a Bushie resigns and says, "I've decided it's time to leave the public sector and devote more time to my criminal defense attorney." I'm getting tired of hearing either (1) their sudden interest in their family (Karl R.) or (2) their cash flow (Tony S.).

Ick.

I probably won't get to hear that because I'm also predicting the number of pardons from W at the end of his show will exceed in number his immediate predecessor's lamentable total. And, as a bonus prediction, I forecast the number will generally match up with the senior organizational chart for the past few years for this abysmally destructive administration.

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Deborah Palfrey deserves the Pemberton Award for Clean Governance.
Palfrey list is like the Black Book of 1918.
That Trial of the century is deleted from all books.
The list there had 47000 names.
The list here has 46000 phone bills.
The listed are not womenizers, machos or ordinary sinners.
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A curse on the kingpins, Justice Charles Darling then and Judge Adolph Kramer Kessler now.

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