HARNESSING THE POWER OF THE NET....
I missed this yesterday, but Dan Drezner went directly to the source and discovered how Justice Deparment officials vetted potential DOJ employees using the awesome power of the Nexis news database. Here's the search string they used:
[first name of a candidate] and pre/2 [last name of a candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict! or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or firearm!
Mayberry Machiavellis indeed. Click the link to read their fevered denials and eventual confessions.