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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Hillary Clinton Calls on Gonzales to Resign

posted by on March 14 at 10:02 AM

Becoming the first presidential candidate to do so. (At least by my count.)

OOPS: Not the first.

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Edwards did it a couple days ago.

Posted by switzerblog | March 14, 2007 10:07 AM

Thanks, switzerblog. I missed that.

Posted by Eli Sanders | March 14, 2007 10:14 AM

I signed her petition this morning to fire the prick.

Posted by monkey | March 14, 2007 10:44 AM

Uh, didn't Bill Clinton's attorney general (Janet Reno) fire *all* the US Attorney General's upon taking office? Interesting to see if Hillary is willing to distance herself from decision by her "co-President."

Posted by huh | March 14, 2007 11:32 AM


This issue was discussed yesterday in the morning news thread. Reno absolutely cleaned house upon taking office. Republicans had control of the executive branch for twelve years. The Dems had every right to clean house. Gonzales has fired numerous U.S. Attorneys several years after the Bush administration took over. Many (maybe even all) of those attorneys are Republicans, but aren't obedient enough for the White House. The administration is deservedly taking flak for this.

Posted by keshmeshi | March 14, 2007 12:01 PM

So it's OK for Democrats to clean house and put in their puppets, but not OK for Republicans to do the same. What does the timing matter really? Either the jobs are political appointments or they aren't.

Posted by huh | March 14, 2007 12:21 PM

PS - The USA in Seattle was a Democrat.

Posted by huh | March 14, 2007 12:22 PM


The Republicans "cleaned house" Clinton-style when GWB took office. This latest round is about getting rid of prosecutors for purely political reasons. Ideally, US Attorneys aren't simply wings of the republican party.

Posted by JohnG | March 14, 2007 1:27 PM

JohnG -

Show me evidence that Bush fired all the USAs when he took over, I haven't seen anything about that. It was notable when Clinton did it because historically a lot of Presidents have just let the old USAs keep their office and replaced them over time.

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