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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:52 PM
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Should Obama fire the US attorney who won't quit at the change of administrations?
US Attorneys customarily resign following a change in administration, but Mary Beth Buchanan is refusing to quit. If he did fire her, would it be the same as Bush/Gonzalas firing other attorneys for political reasons?

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/GOP_prosecutor_who_target...

She sounds like a real piece of work.
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yourout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:55 PM
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1. Give her the boot.
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tritsofme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:55 PM
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2. All political appointees can either resign or expect to be fired.
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Randomthought Donating Member (388 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:56 PM
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3. Fire her ass!
She is doing this to further her political career.
It's a lose -lose situation so fire her. There is no more fall out from firing her than from keeping her. She is a RW nutcase.
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:56 PM
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4. fire her - she sounds like a real pain in the ass.
Let her make a stink. If she's actively pursued Democrats during her tenure, they can always say that she was doing political dirty work for Bush/Rove et al.
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:58 PM
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5. Of course. Not only do...
incoming Presidents normally clean house, but she's one of the worst out there.



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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:02 AM
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6. Fire every Bushie but the ones he's named to his top team. No spies. No Linda Tripps.
And no, I'm not talking about sex.


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amdezurik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:05 AM
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7. At the very least fire her
I would also think about charges of malfeasence and abuse of office for some of her persecutions.
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:06 AM
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8. Yes.
All he has to do is say, "Unfortunately, the previous administration politicized the Justice Department and appointed US Attorneys for purely ideological reasons. Therefore, I believe the only way we can truly free this country from the currently tainted system is by cleaning house and appointing new attorneys based on their qualifications, not their politics."

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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:19 AM
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9. Well duh. And then have her ass arrested for trespassing.
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Titus Andronicus Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:19 AM
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10. yes.
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:21 AM
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11. Yes. On January 20th.
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:00 AM
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12. Yep, fire her ass. No explanation needed. I think people are tired of
this kind of bullying from the right anyway. She is overplaying her hand if she wants to make a martyr of herself.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:47 AM
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16. Exactly. "You're fired". End of story. nt
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:13 AM
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13. It would not be the same
Loyal Bushies and Bush sycophants would argue that it is, but we've got the goods on Ms. Buchanan. She's in the attorney firing scandal up to her eyeballs.

That's grounds for dismissal enough.
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rvablue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:20 AM
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14. Keith O made a great point, that the only reason she is clinging to her position
instead of following the long traditional protocol of resigning is so that the Republicans can say, "See?!?!?! The Democrats fire people on political grounds too?!?!?!!?"

He also pointed out that she hired that blond Monica chick who was subpoened in front of Congress during the hearings regarding the firings at the Justic Dept.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 02:56 PM
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23. Didn't see that, but I had the same thoughts about her motivations.
She isn't making this decision independently, I'd almost guarantee it.
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johnfunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:31 AM
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15. She's the Sarah Palin of US Prosecutors. Even more than Rachel Paulose.
Fire her -- you betcha!
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judasdisney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 03:37 AM
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17. Keep her. Make her a special project.
Show the world her partisan malpractice. And I'm sure with some careful scrutiny, since she's a uber-fascist, I'm sure she's dirty as well, which means her hidden dealings may reveal something jailworthy.

Firing her (as Olbermann pointed out) absolves the Bush Prosecutor Purges, correctly or not.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 06:41 AM
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21. It is precedent to leave when a new administration takes office
KO is wrong on this one - resigning is precedent and those attorneys were fired during the administration for political reasons. This firing is not for political reasons. Adios!
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BzaDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 03:59 AM
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18. This has absolutely no parallel to the Bush/Gonzalas firing situation.
The issue there wasn't that the attorneys were fired -- they are political appointees, and serve at the pleasure of the president. The issue was that they were fired because the Bush administration wanted them to prosecute fake voter fraud causes. The issue is the political interference with the administration of justice, not firing by itself.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 05:45 AM
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19. I wonder how President Obama will feel about her justice?
"Buchanan has been criticized because her office has brought a number of high-profile cases against Democrats during her tenure, but rarely targeted members of her own party. And now Buchanan wants to volunteer her services to President-elect Obama."http://thinkprogress.org/2008/12/05/mary-beth-buchanan-... /
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 06:13 AM
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20. Let Rahm do it!...n/t
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 02:52 PM
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22. Bush has even asked her to resign:
The White House has a message for its political appointees: Go home.

White House chief of Staff Joshua Bolten sent a memo Dec. 1 to all of President Bush's political appointees asking them to tender their resignation effective Jan. 20 -- the day President-Elect Barack Obama is sworn into office.

"To provide the President-elect maximum flexibility in assembling his Administration, and consistent with past practice, President Bush is requesting letters of resignation from all non-career appointees except Inspectors General and those individuals that hold termed positions," Bolten writes.

more-

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Please_resign_Bush_tells_...
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 02:58 PM
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24. only after he fires Fitz for his unfair prosecution of blago
or so it would seem from reading some of the posts on other threads here today.

:sarcasm:
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 02:58 PM
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25. Yes, indeed. nt
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This One Donating Member (84 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 03:03 PM
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26. Put her in charge of investigating Bush
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