Nice you've joined us, Josh
Ah, this sounds familiar:
As I said, I think we now know that Graves was the ninth fired US Attorney. There were already eight. And I strongly suspect there are more. But Graves stands out because of the man who replaced him, Bradley Schlozman, who we profiled in Tuesday's episode of TPMtv. Schlozman's entire tenure at DOJ has been dedicated to turning back the clock on minority voting rights in the United States and more broadly to suppressing Democratic vote turnout. And there's evidence that Graves was sacked because he wouldn't do Schlozman's bidding in pushing his voter suppression agenda in western Missouri.
What kept you, Josh?
Roy Temple and I and others have been talking about this for six weeks and I've been sending you links. I'm guessing some of the fulltime folks reading the e-mail coming into TPM haven't been following the links I've been sending them. If they had, they'd have known most of this stuff six weeks ago.
However, as I said yesterday, this little story all makes sense except for the little fact that Graves was actually a signatory on the major lawsuit in question.
That sort of blows the "Graves wouldn't push the Republican voter suppression agenda" argument right out of the water, don't you think?
Oh yeah, and now the press is finally digging into who pressured DOJ to fire Graves. As I said six weeks ago:
I think it would be very interesting to see what sort of pressure was being applied by certain Missouri Republicans regarding the firing of BOTH Bud Cummins and Todd Graves. Hey, folks on both Judiciary Committees, I’d suggest subpoenas for Roy Blunt, Kit Bond, and Jim Talent. I think it’s time for them to answer questions on this matter.
These journalists have now unearthed Kit Bond as one of those Missouri politicos applying the pressure on DOJ to fire Graves, although Bond later tried, weirdly enough, to get DOJ to give Graves a little more time before he'd have to resign. DOJ refused and made Graves resign earlier than Bond had wanted.
Nice job, guys. Several bloggers and I suggested you look into all of this six weeks ago too.
Sigh. But at least these professionals are finally doing their jobs. I guess it's sort of annoying to read folks talk about this stuff with breathless excitement when we've been talking about it here for six weeks.
Oh well. At least they caught up.
(Go here if you want to read some of my posts about this stuff.)
UPDATE For a quick primer on the voter roll purge lawsuit, go here.
UPDATE 2 Here's another Missouri political blogger's take on the situation.