Alberto Gonzales stepped down as attorney general amid allegations that the Justice Department had become so politicized under his watch that attorneys were transferred or denied promotions because they were suspected of being Democrats and job applicants were asked "what kind of conservative" they were.
Well, plus ça change, the more things stay the same.
As we noted Monday, the White House gave conservative activists a chance to meet privately with Michael Mukasey Sunday before the president announced that he was nominating him to replace Gonzales. From today's New York Times: "Participants [in the meetings] said a range of issues were discussed, from Mr. Mukasey's views on national security matters to his Republican pedigree."
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.