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Why Oh Why Are We Ruled by These Liars?

Ah. The Bush Administration Republican slime machine slimes conservative Republicans:

The Swiftboating of David Iglesias begins: The Swiftboating of David Iglesias begins: New Mexico's former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias has been one of the more hard-to-explain firings in the administration's prosecutor purge. Everything about his record suggests he'd be the last federal prosecutor any sane administration would want to get rid of.

As recently as 2004, he was up for a promotion. In 2005, former Deputy Attorney General James Comey called Iglesias "one of our finest." Once the scandal broke, Justice Department officials tried to craft after-the-fact talking points to explain why Iglesias had to be removed from office -- and they had trouble coming up with anything. Then, over the weekend, Iglesias had a sterling performance on Meet the Press, making his dismissal appear even worse.... [T]he Bush gang wanted him to prosecute more Democrats and Iglesias stuck to the belief that he'd bring cases when the evidence warranted it. But what can the Bush gang and its allies do now? What they always do -- smear those who get in the way....

Here's a new attack ad playing on New Mexico radio stations.... Digby summarized this nicely:

This was put together by a group called New Mexicans For Honest Courts. (You can hear the ad at the web site.) They appear to have been around since 2004 and look to be one of those rightwing groups that have sprung up in states all over the country to protest "activist judges." It'ss hard to know where they got the money for this ad since it looks like they didn't file a PAC report since July of 2006. Maybe some "angel" just came to town.

The message is clear. If you speak out against the family, you'll get whacked. I can't say I'm surprised....

Might this backfire? Iglesias is a conservative Republican, with credibility and the facts on his side...

Impeach Alberto Gonzales. Impeach Richard Cheney. Impeach George W. Bush. Do it now.

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