Second Shoe Drops on Prosecuter Purge Scandal.
by MetaData, Fri Mar 09, 2007 at 10:52:39 AM EST
The Prosecuter Purge Scandal (aka Gonzales Gate?) flared into national prominence with the firing of 6 US Attorneys for political reasons. What political reasons? Because they refused to pursue investigations of Democratic candidates or elected officials, or they refused to stop investigations into Republicans.
Now the second shoe drops: The Un-Purged Prosecutor Scandal, namely all the un-fired US Attorneys must have been playing nicey-nicey with the Bush Administration. Paul Krugman in Friday's NYT picks up the story percolating up from Paul Kiel at TPM Muckraker. H/T also goes to to Barbara O'Brien at Mahablog.
The original source for the Un-Purged Prosecutor Scandal comes from an article published at EpluribusMedia.org The Political Profiling of Elected Democratic Officials. Media reseearchers Donald Shields and John Cragan document the pattern of targetting Democratic investigations and indictments by Bush Justice Deptartment over the 6 years of the Bush Administration. I'll let them talk:
We compare political profiling to racial profiling by presenting the results (January 2001 through December 2006) of the U.S. Attorneys' federal investigation and/or indictment of 375 elected officials. The distribution of party affiliation of the sample is compared to the available normative data (50% Dem, 41% GOP, and 9% Ind.).
Data indicate that the offices of the U.S. Atttorneys across the nation investigate seven (7) times as many Democratic officials as they investigate Republican officials, a number that exceeds even the racial profiling of African Americans in traffic stops.
Below the radar of national journalists.
A second pattern emerges from the data. Local and in-state Democrats were primarily targeted. State-wide and National candidates or officials were treated in a more even-handed way, presumably because partisan profililng at the higher level would draw too much attention. Ultimately, this use of inuendo and investigation is an attack methodology that bears the imprint of Karl Rove's Standard Operating Procedure.
The Database of political profiling is available for lanyone to pursue more in-depth research. In particular, local bloggers may want to pick up the thread.