Heck Of A Job

Here we are, not four days into the new year, and already we find ourselves unsurprisingly presented with yet another one of Shrub’s incompetent cronies, this time one Ellen Sauerbrey, nominated for a position in the State Department for which she is—brace yourselves—totally unqualified. From The New York Times:
Like all too many Bush appointees, Ms. Sauerbrey has political connections that seem her most obvious credential. A former Maryland state legislator and a twice-defeated gubernatorial candidate, she served as state chairman of President Bush's 2000 campaign. She is a favorite of Mr. Bush's far-right base, having pursued an anti-abortion and anti-family-planning agenda in her current patronage post as the American representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Unlike previous appointees to head the State Department agency, the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, Ms. Sauerbrey has zero experience in emergency management and refugee resettlement. In the wake of the bungled response to Hurricane Katrina by a similarly uncredentialed appointee, Congress has become more sensitive to charges of this kind of cronyism. A few weeks ago, the Foreign Relations Committee bowed to a request from Senator Barbara Boxer and put off its planned vote on Ms. Sauerbrey.
Well, I’m glad it only took the deaths of hundreds of citizens and the near destruction of one of the nation's most historic cities for Congress to become “sensitive” to the fact that this administration cares less about its responsibility to the public than... than...

Wait. Did I just put “this administration” and “responsibility” in the same sentence? I apologize. The Times continues:
The worry now is that Mr. Bush will bypass the Senate and install Ms. Sauerbrey on his own by using a recess appointment, the same tactic he used to make John Bolton the United States ambassador to the United Nations.
The worry? Perhaps if the Times had done its goddamn job in the first place and gone to print with what it knew about Shrub’s little wiretapping scheme over a year ago the nation might now be ringing in the new year with this corrupt administration deservedly under indictment for violating the Constitution. Instead our national case of indigestion is made even worse by yet another unqualified hack being appointed because they attend the right cocktail parties and are presumed “loyal” to the Bush crime family.

Where I live now, the first day of 2006 came with beautiful weather; balmy and not a cloud in the sky. I think that’s a good omen. With Abramoff on trial, sure to be singing like a canary soon, the NSA investigation under way, and public opinion polls in the toilet, it’s only a matter of time before the house of cards this administration built—the ridiculous “war on terror” straw man used to attempt to justify things even Hoover would have blanched at—rightfully collapses as the sham that it is. Even Nixon possessed enough residue—however slight—of good taste to resign.

Abramoff. Illegally spying on Americans. “Legalized” torture. Woefully incompetent but politically friendly cronies appointed to sensitive positions that have resulted in countless unnecessary deaths. As Tom Tomorrow recently pointed out in a typically brilliant cartoon, the center cannot hold.

I predict that this year begins the political end of what the esteemed Helen Thomas called “the worst president in all of American history.” Grab a bucket of popcorn and hang on for the ride.

(And by the way, as soon as the weather permits, open the windows and let in the sunlight and fresh air. Open every one in the house. It drives the Rumsfelds, the Cheneys, the Rices, and the other lower forms of life away - including the current “president.”)

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