The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to end the Bush administration’s ability to unilaterally fill U.S. attorney vacancies as a backlash to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ firing of eight federal prosecutors.
And the kicker is:
Former House Republican Leader Tom DeLay had said earlier Tuesday that the scandal “is just a taste of what’s going to be like for the next two years.”
As much as I am happy about the bipartisan check of executive powers, as well as the additional buffer to separate law enforcement from political goals; I can’t help but giggle about Tom DeLay’s comment on the topic. He is right, but not in the way he clearly intends. For at least the next two years, scandals in the executive will not just disappear from the new cycle the next time a celebrity dies or goes into rehab. There might even be consequences. Shocking.