HoustonChronicle.com Your tar and feathers ready? Mine are.

By CRAGG HINES

Ari Fleischer, that simpering twit of a White House spokesman, urged Thursday that the Enron debacle not be turned into a partisan witch hunt. OK, Ari, let’s make it a bipartisan witch hunt.

But all the news seems so Republican-specific at the moment. You know they’re getting edgy at the White House when both President Bush and Fleischer — within about 30 minutes of each other — try to blame Enron Chief Executive Officer Ken Lay (the single largest contributor to Bush’s political career) on Ann Richards. Whoever wrote that talking point needs to be sent to the correspondence pool. It, at least, was not a good day to try the line.

Let’s wade right in on the Justice Department’s criminal investigation. That would be the same Justice Department headed by Attorney General John Ashcroft, who it seems was one of many politicians who benefited from the largesse of Lay, other Enron executives and the company’s political action committee.

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