The Government They Deserve

There’s an old saw that the best thing about small-d democracy is that the people get the government they deserve.

Via Yglesias at his new pad, I think that the fact that Attorney General Michael Mukasey has announced that, no matter what is unearthed, there will be no prosecutions in the Justice Department politicization hiring scandal serves as the ideal example of this particular aphorism.  Mukasey’s far and away best line:

Not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime.

To be fair, I know what Mukasey is trying to say, which is that violations of civil laws are not subject to criminal prosecutions.  However, it’s still pretty laughable that, in a case where there have been countless examples of false and misleading statements given to Congress, that there are absolutely no prosecutable offenses whatsoever, and none could possibly ever be found?


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