Purity squads at the DOJ
Take a minute and think about the climate. Two, extremely inexperienced but zealous Bush political figures were given absolute and final say so over over all personnel decisions.
(Sampson was so political that he was rumored to take over for Karl Rove at one point.)
Think about this. You're a high level Justice official, and you have these two inexperienced political hacks with total control over you. They can dig into whatever you're doing, order you to take up a case, order you to drop a case, and fire you for no reason.
They were a "purity squad" planted firmly in the middle of the Justice Department that reported to the White House political arm and ensured discipline and adherence to the goals of "the party."
How messed up is that?
(Related: (WaPo) McNulty was on Capitol Hill yesterday.)