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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

USA purge: Genuine caring

Posted by: Hammer / 12:55 PM

One reason why the purge of U.S. attorneys has received a moderate amount of attention is that an awful lot of people on both sides of the aisle seem to care. Reading this note from the Big Question reminds me again -- Dems and liberals like Amy Klobuchar and Eric Black appear to genuinely care that Minnesota's Republican attorney, Tom Heffelfinger, was on the list. So far, it doesn't look like he was forced out, but prominent people care that he was considered.

What is it that makes people care? Some, I'm sure, have a personal relationship with Heffelfinger, and don't want to see his reputation diminished. Some are most upset that the purge appears to be related to the refusal to prosecute bogus claims of voter fraud.

I think the greatest motivator, though, is that U.S. attorneys, with very few exceptions, take their responsibilities very seriously. That regardless of political affiliation, they strive to enforce the laws of this nation. Subconsciously, more and more people are recognizing the powerful affront to democracy that this scandal represents.

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