Making the Case for Patrick Fitzgerald for Attorney General

CBS legal analyst and author of the Washington Post's Bench Conference blog makes the case today for replacing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales with Patrick Fitzgerald.

In my humble opinion, and recognizing that there may be a few other worthy candidates, there is only one person who perfectly currently fits the bill. He is a Republican and a Bush-appointee, but not a partisan or a crony or a hack like so many other current appointees. He has a sterling record of integrity and doggedness. He is obviously his own man and has shown a remarkable tendency during his career as a prosecutor for rankling partisans on both sides of the aisle. He is beholden to no one. His nomination to head the Justice Department by President Bush, and his ratification by the Congress, would send a clear message to the country that our government is willing to turn the page on the sordid recent history of the Office of Attorney General. His name? Patrick J. Fitzgerald.

Who better, Cohen asks, to restore integrity and non partisanship to the Justice Department?

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    yeah, (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by HeadScratcher on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 01:15:45 PM EST
    Since when has the AG been non-partisan? Since Bobby Kennedy? Or Ed Meese? Or Janet Reno?

    Why don't we appoint the tooth fairy too?

    Fitz (1.00 / 1) (#4)
    by diogenes on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 12:50:57 PM EST
    The Democrats would never confirm him-he didn't pull a Ken Starr and give them the fitzmas present of chasing Rove and Cheney, after all.  And he still never indicted anyone for blowing the presumed cover of Valerie Plame.

    Patriot Act (none / 0) (#1)
    by sphealey on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 11:59:27 AM EST
    With Yoo and Addington's interpretation of the Patriot Act still the basis for Executive Branch actions?  And Mr. Fitzgerald being a strong supporter of the PA?  Seems a bit of a concern.


    What in the H-E double toothpicks (none / 0) (#2)
    by Che's Lounge on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 12:08:55 PM EST
    is Cohen smoking? AG is a presidential appointee. You think Bush is going to nominate Fitz? LMAO!

    You ain't kidding (none / 0) (#8)
    by MPhilip on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 06:06:24 PM EST
    Agreed 1000%

    The idea that Bush would nominate Fitz to AG and thereby provide Fitz with all the powers of the AG's office to, among other things, finish his work stemming from the Plame case, and to clean up the rest of that criminal enterprise called the executive branch is simply fantasy.

    Secondly, the idea that Dems would not confirm him is equally fantasy. He'd probably get more dem votes than Republican votes.

    Bush is not going to nominate anyone that he deems independent for AG. The AG and DOJ is the most powerful criminal investigative agency and prosecuting authority in the US government.

    Bush Choosing Fitz would be like Bush ending his career as President.

    Where do educated people come up with these ideas?


    That was rhetorical/satirical right? (none / 0) (#3)
    by bx58 on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 12:18:44 PM EST
    He's on the pipe for sure.

    seriously (none / 0) (#5)
    by profmarcus on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 01:08:14 PM EST
    one of the best ideas i've heard in a long, long time... i hope it gets some traction...

    And, yes, I DO take it personally

    Excellent Idea (none / 0) (#7)
    by msobel on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 01:35:09 PM EST
    It would also take the pressure off Conrad Black and keep Cheney safe since Fitz would have to recuse himself.