So the Bush Administration is arguing that the New Mexico U.S. Attorney, David C. Iglesias, wasn't fired because of political pressure, he was fired because he did not aggressively pursue "voting fraud" cases. In fact the Bushies even got a New York Times reporter to write a story about that fact. There is only one problem with the story: the Bush Justice Department had selected Iglesias to present his views on voter fraud at a special seminar on the subject. This is how the Washington Post puts it in its article appearing on 3.19.2007:
David C. Iglesias, who was dismissed as U.S. attorney for New Mexico in December, was one of two chief federal prosecutors invited to teach at a "voting integrity symposium" in October 2005. The symposium was sponsored by Justice's public integrity and civil rights sections and was attended by more than 100 prosecutors from around the country, according to an account by Iglesias that a department spokesman confirmed.
So here is what we are supposed to believe: Igelsias was sufficiently aggressive in "voting fraud" cases to be chosen to present a symposium on the subject in 2005 but by 2006 was no longer sufficiently aggressive. If that makes sense to you, its because you are a confirmed Bush supporter and don't care about the facts, or you are a New York Times reporter.
What this shows is that the Bushies haven't factored in an aggressive media being egged on by Democrats who actually have power. In the past they would have floated this story in the New York Times and that would have been the end of it. Now, however, with the media in pursuit of this story, and Democrats wielding power, that stuff doesn't work anymore.
You can read the whole Post story by clicking on the link in this entry's title.