SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES….Courtesy of the Washington Post, an example of how the Bush administration’s governing philosophy is apparently the result of too many viewings of The Godfather:

  • On October 24th of last year, U.S. Attorney John Brownlee, after years of effort and with the approval of the head of the DOJ criminal division, is a day away from securing a guilty plea from the manufacturer of OxyContin.

  • Mary Jo White, a defense lawyer representing an executive for OxyContin’s manufacturer, calls Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty to beg for a postponement.

  • McNulty tells his chief of staff, Paul Elston, to call Brownlee and ask him to slow down.

  • Brownlee declines and announces the settlement.

  • Eight days later, Elston puts Brownlee’s name on a list of U.S. Attorneys to be fired.

Brownlee dodged the bullet and is still a U.S. Attorney. But I’m sure he and his colleagues got the message.