Washington Memo: Of Longhorns And Loyalty

There is something intensely familial about the scandal now engulfing the Bush Administration over the dismissal of eight U.S. Attorneys last year. The key players--Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former White House counsel Harriet Miers, political shaman Karl Rove--all rose from the tight web of Texas loyalists who owe their careers to George W. Bush and followed him to Washington in 2001. Bush even chose a member of his Texas tribe who wasn't implicated, counselor Dan Bartlett, for the task of defending those who were. Said Bartlett of the firings: "All the decisions ... were proper decisions."

Pressured by Congress, the White...

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