"I'm sorry, frankly, that this bubbled to the surface the way it has."
-- George W. Bush, as quoted on AmericaBlog about the US Attorney firing scandal
The thing is, these guys know they're in the right. Under your Republican party, the Rule of Law has become completely subordinated to an ends-justifies-the-means view of politics. They don't need to explain themselves to Congress or anyone else. Just ask them.
If you're a conservative, take a moment and reflect as honestly as you can on the reaction the national media, the commentariat and the electorate would have had to Clinton and Reno in this position. The serial embarassments and petty prevarications of the Bush White House are a walk with my pet goat compared to the hell our national political and media establishment put the last Democratic president through, repeatedly, on far more trivial grounds.
Too bad the president has to trouble his beautiful mind with such sordid details as honesty and accountability.
If this is just business as usual, inappropriately politicized as Bush is desperate for us to believe, why is the White House refusing to have Rove et alia testify before the Senate under oath? Why would you ever agree to testify but refuse to be sworn in unless you were planning to lie?
(For those with short memories, the Bush administration has used this tactic before, but with a compliant and unchallenging GOP controlled Congress.)