Just for 'Felon' comparison

Josh Marshall -The No-Felons-On-Staff Rule

Josh Marshall writes:

"At this point I think it's fair to say that we've been put on notice that the president's evolving firing criteria in the Plame matter should be finely parsed. So I wanted to pose some questions about his statement today that "if someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration."

My first question is whether the rule applies merely to indictment or whether conviction is necessary to trigger dismissal. And as I mentioned on TPM, can a staffer continue to work while their case is taken up on appeal?

But another question occurs to me. Presumably, any staffer who was convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term in prison would have to stop working at the White House if only because of the impracticalities involved in continuing a White House job from prison.

This leads me to conclude that the president's new policy is principally an effort to crackdown on convicted felons on his staff who are given suspended sentences, probation or perhaps fined.

Of course this just mirrors the left and their dreams of a 'corrupt" Bush administration. They chide about when he said he'd "restore honor and integrity" to the White House. Compared to Clinton, I say he's done it.

That causes me to compare the Bush with the Clinton administrations. Let's count the felons:

- The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance
- Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates
- Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation
- Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify
- Most number of witnesses to die suddenly
- First president sued for sexual harassment.
- First president accused of rape.
- First first lady to come under criminal investigation
- Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case
- First president to establish a legal defense fund.
- First president to be held in contempt of court
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad

In addition:

Number of times that Clinton figures who testified in court or before Congress said that they didn't remember, didn't know, or something similar.

Bill Kennedy 116
Harold Ickes 148
Ricki Seidman 160
Bruce Lindsey 161
Bill Burton 191
Mark Gearan 221
Mack McLarty 233
Neil Egglseston 250
Hillary Clinton 250
John Podesta 264
Jennifer O'Connor 343
Dwight Holton 348
Patsy Thomasson 420
Jeff Eller 697

More can be seen here, where I got the above information, which is at my count accurate.

To date in the indictments in the Bush administration......? I'm still looking, but I don't remember any - help me if you can.

No administration is without it's problems and indictments, but compared to Slick Willie, Bush looks like Walt Disney.