All week, the right-wing machine has been slamming prosecutor Patrick Fitgerald, spinning him as some kind of partisan firebrand on a Bush witchhunt. Every time you hear that, or need to convince somebody otherwise, remember this:
This investigation has gone on for 22 months. Most of the evidence was collected before autumn 2004 – the last year of delay has mainly been caused by reporters challenging subpoenas in the federal courts.
If [Fitzgerald] were political - or, worse, if he somehow had it in for the Bush administration - it was fully within his power to return indictments in the weeks before the November elections, which would almost certainly have cinched things for Senator Kerry. It is something, I am quite certain, it would never even have occurred to him to do. The only thing the guy I know would do is bring charges or close the case without charges when the facts of the investigation warranted doing so.
Case fucking closed. No matter what happens in the end, remember, if Fitzgerald wanted to take down the Administration, he could have done it a year ago—and didn't.
Drink up, Rush, Sean and Kay Bailey Hypocritson.
[via kos, link to original]