You are about to read six words I never thought would appear on Legal Schnauzer:
I feel sorry for Troy King.
King is Alabama's attorney general, and as a gold-plated conservative, he is not one to draw much sympathy in progressive circles.
But three kingpins of Alabama's reptilian Republicans--Governor Bob Riley and U.S. Attorneys Alice Martin and Leura Canary--seem to be ganging up on King.
The situation smells so much of politics that a prominent Alabama journalist is calling for the Eric Holder Justice Department to pay a visit and sort out the mess in Montgomery.
Scott Horton, of Harper's magazine, has a suggestion for the feds should they decide to take a serious look at Alabama:
When they’re finished looking at the mobilization of two U.S. attorneys to deal with an intra-Republican feud, we have some other matters that require their urgent attention: the Siegelman prosecution itself, for instance.
Horton notes that the grand-jury investigation of King seems to be focusing partially on gambling. That's interesting because King has parted ways recently with Riley on gambling-related issues. And, as we've noted several times here at Legal Schnauzer, Riley and his associates are up to their hypocritical necks in conflicts regarding gambling.
Our guess is that Leura Canary is involved only as a smokescreen. Her office in the Middle District of Alabama reportedly has recused itself on matters regarding King, leading Alice Martin and the Northern District to take the lead.
This leads us to believe that the King investigation is all about Martin's career path--or rather lack of one now that Democrats are in charge of the Justice Department, meaning Queen Alice is about to be sent packing.
Regular readers know that we enjoy dabbling in dime-store psychology from time to time, and we can't resist this opportunity to examine the peculiar wiring that exists in Alice Martin's brain.
Our diagnosis of Martin's mindset, and the Troy King investigation, consists of two parts.
One, Martin is a power junkie, who realizes that her supplier--the Republican Party--is out of favor at the moment. Like a heroin addict who doesn't know where his next fix is coming from, Martin is feeling the first signs of withdrawal. She's sensing a little bit of what it's like to be a regular person, one whose job is about to be yanked out from under her--and she doesn't like that feeling. The Troy King investigation, we suspect, is designed to force somebody to appoint Martin to a position that she covets--a judgeship, a political appointment, something that will keep her gargantuan sense of self importance afloat.
The second part of our diagnosis involves the "D" word--desperation. I suspect Martin is a true believer in the Republican snake oil that Karl Rove has been pitching in the Deep South for about 20 years--and to the entire country for the past eight years or so.
Martin--and Bob Riley and Leura Canary, for that matter--probably had no doubt that Rove would usher in a Republican-dominated era that would last 35 years or so. This is what Rove's hero, President William McKinley, did in 1896, and true believers like Martin were counting on Rove to make history repeat itself.
With Republicans dominating far into the future, Martin probably saw herself becoming a federal judge, which is a lifetime appointment with virtually no scrutiny or oversight and . . . by golly, the future looked awfully darned bright.
But Martin and her fellow true believers didn't count on something: They never dreamed that Rove and his Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight--George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld--would be so utterly incompetent at governance that many Americans would recoil in horror. They never dreamed that two wars would go so badly, and the economy would implode to such a degree, that Americans would go running into the arms of a Democrat--a black one at that!
Alice Martin's worldview has been turned upside down, and her future doesn't look so glaringly bright at the moment. My guess is that the wiring in her devious little brain is about to short circuit. And that probably explains her irrational actions, such as a witch hunt against one of her own, Troy King.
King's plight hasn't exactly caused us to shed a tear. But we can't help but feel a hint of sorrow for a guy who seems to be caught in a Triangle of Death formed by three of Alabama's all-time lowlifes.
Should be interesting to see how it plays out