I know that the "centrists" (*cough*) who want to reach
around across the aisle and grab that K Street money are going to be all about "let's forgive and forget and move forward" (it's the heart of Joe Lieberman's phony "bipartisan" meme — "let's not talk about all the ways that I fucked up in the past, it might get in the way of my ability to screw things up in the future"); Bill Clinton has been saying it all along. Unfortunately, the failure to hold the crooks and war criminals accountable in the past leads to stuff like the appointment of Robert M. Gates to fill Donald Rumsfeld's shoes of failure. Per Kos :
Robert M. Gates was the Central Intelligence Agency's deputy director for intelligence (DDI) from 1982 to 1986. He was confirmed as the CIA's deputy director of central intelligence (DDCI) in April of 1986 and became acting director of central intelligence in December of that same year. Owing to his senior status in the CIA, Gates was close to many figures who played significant roles in the Iran/contra affair and was in a position to have known of their activities.
Rumsfeld, Cheney — these zombies that just will not die and keep cropping up in crooked junta after crooked junta because triangulating "centrists" who peddle non-accountability as "bipartisanship" are succesful in pushing the notion forward that we should all just find common ground, love each other and work together in peace and harmony.
If "common ground" means letting the swindlers and villains off the hook, I just became a law'n'order fanatic.