Turning on Fitzgerald

TURNING ON FITZGERALD…. When Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade and right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin chat, it’s best to lower one’s expectations, but even by their low standards, their exchange this morning about U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald was very odd.

KILMEADE: You know, one thing I think Patrick Fitzgerald is bulletproof. Because if Democrats are going to say he’s this non-partisan, A-plus investigator when he’s going after Scooter Libby, how could they turn around and say he has an agenda when he’s going after the Chicago governor and wherever those links lie?

MALKIN: That’s a really good point, Brian. Of course, they will try to do it.

BRIAN: Sure.

MALKIN: They turn on a dime on their former heroes and they will in this case.

What a strange conversation. Fitzgerald had Blagojevich arrested on Tuesday morning, and I haven’t heard any prominent Democrats or progressive voices accuse Fitzgerald of anything. How can the left “turn around and say he has an agenda”? That might make sense, if someone on the left turned around said he has an agenda, or even criticized him in any way at all. But since reality shows otherwise, Kilmeade’s and Malkin’s comments are even more absurd than usual.

Indeed, Kilmeade and Malkin have it backwards. First, Democrats continue to find Fitzgerald so credible, the party immediately turned on Blagojevich, and called for the governor’s ouster.

Second, there are some people who’ve “turned on a dime” to go after Fitzgerald, but they’re all prominent conservatives, not liberals.

Indeed, Ali Frick noted a wide variety of conservative activists, pundits, and officials, all of whom went from supporting Fitzgerald to attacking him, the moment he indicted Scooter Libby.

The irony is rich.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.