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Slate 's legal correspondent is tougher on Dems than they were on Goodling
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2007 8:49 AM CDT
John Dowd, right, attorney for former Justice Department White House liaison Monica Goodling, seated, objects to a line of questioning by Rep. Arthur Davis, D-Ala., not shown, during Goodling's testimony...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Monica Goodling cleared a very low bar in her Congressional testimony yesterday, Slate's Dahlia Lithwick argues, and she can thank the Democrats who questioned her for making her look good. The majority members of the House Judiciary Committee, "in expecting to question the Great Exploding Idiot Barbie," Lithwick writes, were "completely underprepared and overmatched."

Goodling acknowledged breaking the law, contradicted her Justice Department co-workers' testimony, implicated them in the US attorney firings, and came out smelling like a rose—one with immunity from prosecution. Lithwick chalks up the ineffectual questioning to the disconnect between expectation and reality: "Goodling manages to give committee Democrats both too much and too little to wrap their heads around."