Something to watch for:
As the scandal with the US Attorneys and Gonzales unfolds, Bush will be questioned about a number of things involving time and topics. Details
, in other words, that are part of the charges (and part of a defense as well). But that sort of thing is something Bush is very bad at. When it comes to Iraq he can latch on to simple tropes like Fighting Terrorism, or Democracy For All, and mostly get away with it.
But when it comes to things like an email on the 21st of November, leading to a meeting with Gonzales on the 27th, followed by the firing on December 7, and why different accounts were peddled, Bush won't be able to give a coherent reply. He'll look stupid. Watch for it.
Let me get this straight. Bush will be questioned and look stupid? I just can't see it.
The whole thing probably seemed perfectly inconsequential at the time. They didn't care because, compared to the actual work of the Attorney General's office, the matter of firing incompetent or underperforming U.S. attorneys just wasn't very important.
It's as if someone were to come into your house and grill every member of the household about who ate what out of the refrigerator on what day. You'd probably all give conflicting stories, which wouldn't mean that you were hiding a food consumption conspiracy -- you would all give conflicting stories because you didn't care about it when it happened because it wasn't important who finished the catsup on what day.
Or in this case, who was involved in firing a bunch of Clinton-era hacks.
Odd that the Bush administration was hiring "Clinton-era hacks" as AGs. Odd that these "incompetent or underperforming" "hacks" had good performance reviews. Very odd.