"Intersection of Politics, Law Fuels Fighting."
Yes, Presidents appoint Attorneys General, Mr. Broder. Your history lesson enumerating past Attorney General appointments is vaguely interesting. But completely irrelevant to the Bush mess staring you in the face. Perhaps if any one of the historical figures you mention had sought to oust U.S. attorneys who did not toe a partisan political line, I might be interested.
Chalking up the current White House scandal to "business as usual" at the Justice Department is a whitewashing of what looks to be an overt effort to politicize the institution of the U.S. attorney by a very political White House. That's unprecedented.