Re: President Trump’s firing last night of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, from the previous administration, who declined to argue in court on behalf of his executive order on visa admissions, my own reaction was as follows:
* The most appropriate move for Yates would have been to resign. Noisy resignations are fine in circumstances like these.
* Given her announcement, her removal from the job was entirely routine and to be expected. The difference between what happened and a noisy resignation is not wide enough that anyone should care.
* The Saturday Night Massacre under Nixon misses the mark as an analogy for at least two reasons: Archibald Cox was an independent special prosecutor, a job designed purposefully not to be answerable to the executive branch leadership, and his charge was to investigate Watergate, that is, offenses by the White House.