Rich Galen

I reminded Mr. Blitzer and Ms. Brazile that whenever there is a close Supreme Court decision every major news organization - including CNN - will point out which Justice was appointed by which President. The implication being, I said, that POLITICS might be involved in their decision.

In the case of the US Attorney for New Mexico, there was supposed to be an ongoing investigation into voter registration fraud; a complaint brought by Republicans.

One of the plaintiffs in the case brought to the US Attorney was the father of a 13-year-old boy whose name mysteriously showed up on the voter registration rolls.

According to a time line put together by US & World Report, US Senator Pete Domenici (whom no one - Republican or Democrat - has ever accused of being a strong arm type of guy) called the US Attorney in October last year - more than two years on - to inquire as to the status of another case, as elections in New Mexico tend to be (a) very close and (b) very suspicious.

According to US News:

[The US Attorney] has a brief telephone conversation with Republican Sen. Pete Domenici in which he tells the senator that indictments against Democrats in a corruption case regarding courthouse construction projects would not be handed down before the November election. The conversation ends abruptly when Domenici hangs up.

Ok. Let's take that as read: Pete Domenici asks a question; gets and answer; and hangs up. The "abruptly" part must mean that the US Attorney has not had many telephone conversations with many US Senators.

If there had been charges of irregularities in voter registration brought by Democrats in New Mexico, and the US Attorney had dithered for more than two years, the Dems would be screaming that it's nothing more than … POLITICS!

On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to the LA Times summary and the US News timeline; as well as a section of the US Code which discusses appointments to United Nations-related posts and uses the phrase "at the pleasure of the President" in each one. Also a Mullfoto involving the Mullmobile and a Catchy Caption of the Day.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at