The situation involving the firing of 8 federal prosecutors by the Bush Administration has gotten ridiculous. Not only are Democrats and Republicans calling for Alberto Gonzales to step down or be fired, but Arianna Huffington suggested that Gonzales should be impeached if President Bush tries to "run out the clock on this scandal."
That is, unless the Democrats cause the public to run out of patience.
The problem with the federal prosecutor firings controversy...is that there really is no controversy. The handling of the firings was politically clumsy, but when you dig past the political side of the situation, you're left with one central question: Does President Bush have the power to fire the attorneys in question. For this, we need to take a trip back to Civics 101.
The job of the Executive Branch (of which the President is a member) is to enforce the law and Constitution. To that end, the President can hire federal prosecutors to assist him. He also has the power to fire said prosecutors. Usually, this is done at the beginning of a term, but the Constitution and the law as written right now does not limit the timeframe under which a federal prosecutor can be fired. This is what people like Sean Hannity means when he says the federal prosecutors "serve at the behest of the President."
So, what's driving the move for investigations? Democrats have the power to investigate, so they're going to exercise it in an attempt to embarass the Bush Administration. Personally, I think their energies would be better served by reading the Constitution about the powers of the President. It would save them a lot of embarassment, and us a lot of money.