Thursday, May 24, 2007

The mouse that roared (well...)

By Dahlia Lithwick - Slate Magazine:
...[Monica] Goodling takes complete blame for having 'crossed the line'—even the legal line, i.e., the civil-service rules—by asking 'political questions of applicants for career positions.' In response to a question from Bobby Scott, D-Va., she adds, 'But I didn't mean to.' Oh. Well then, that's OK. For Goodling, this exchange is key, because she has a grant of immunity to testify today, so presumably anything she gets in, she can't be prosecuted for. She cops to breaking the law with enough charm to sway Republicans on the committee into repeatedly thanking her for her noble and selfless service to the nation. I think they want to offer her McNulty's old job....

It's not just that Goodling comes across as better, smarter, and more honest than Gonzales, Sampson, and McNulty put together, although she does. It's that the committee, in expecting to question the Great Exploding Idiot Barbie today, is completely underprepared and overmatched.

Chalk up another one to the soft bigotry of low expectations.

Mostly, Lithwick tees off on the Committee. The Republicans were noxious, most of the Dems, pathetic...

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