( - promoted by mooncat)
Perhaps, this is too much along the lines of soothsaying, but I've seen it before.
I expect Acting U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin will learn the utility of a black Republican under the Bush administration. That utility is to be the clown that sacrifices career and credibility when the accountability ax falls.
Just ask Colin Powell, the only credible cabinet member during the run up to the war in Iraq. He had the job of justifying an attack by the U.S. to the U.N. Security Council. His statement on the so-called evidence against Iraq
My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we're giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence. (Feb 5, 2003)
belied the ex nihilo creation of his argument. And it's likely the thing he'll always be remembered for.
The much less sympathetic Condoleezza Rice was rushed to Europe back in 2005 to say the U.S. does not torture or send people to be tortured when the CIA black sites in Europe story broke and immediately following the CIA's abandonment of the secret prisons. Rice bears dozens of scars as a front man for Bush's follies.
It's difficult for me to imagine real accountability for Republicans in Alabama. Yet, if a special prosecutor scenario emerged (probably a joke with Mukasey in charge, but if), I see Franklin as the expendable ensign.
(I'd be really grateful if someone can point me to the "Law and Order" picture of Louis Franklin and other Siegelman/Scrushy prosecutors).