â€œHeâ€™s not as well known to everybody within the Beltway as some people; he hasnâ€™t been in and out of the Bush administration or the prior Bush administration, but heâ€™s a rock solid lawyer and a first-rate judge,â€ said Jay Lefkowitz, a former domestic policy adviser to Mr. Bush who now practices law in New York. â€œI think the president, by reaching outside the inner circle, by reaching outside the usual suspects, is bringing someone who is really going to restore a lot of integrity to the department.â€Outside the inner circle. In the context of law enforcement & the Justice Department under the former Attorney General, the use of the word "suspects" carries a certain -- how do you say? -- force. The strategy now is to "put this behind us," without, of course fessing up to any wrongdoing or producing any documents. The Senate Democrats are obviously going to roll over on this one. Congressman Waxman, it's your deal. Perhaps Mr. Bush would like to cut the deck.
I cannot be the only one who is savoring the rich irony of the president's supporters advancing the arguments of the president's detractors: