Minor Quibble

2 comments August 18th, 2007at 01:47pm Posted by Eli

Bill Scher has some very good questions that will not be asked of Rove by any of the Sunday talking-head-show hosts, but I have to nitpick on the last one:

3. You were at the intersection of politics and policy in the White House.

When you came into power in 2001, the conservative Heritage Foundation counseled that the Bush Administration: “must make appointment decisions based on loyalty first and expertise second, and that the whole governmental apparatus must be managed from this perspective.”

It appears you took that advice. Two years later, a former Bush official criticized your operation, saying, “What you’ve got is everything—and I mean everything—being run by the political arm. It’s the reign of the Mayberry Machiavellis.”

The politicization of basic government functions has been widespread. For example, purging US attorneys, muzzling of climate scientists, arm-twisting intelligence analysts, using government agencies to spread misinformation about Social Security and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, directing government employees to be part of partisan campaigns.

You’re known to say that good policy makes good politics. What good policies came out of this approach to politics?

It hasn’t been “loyalty first and expertise second.” Expertise hasn’t been a consideration at all. If anything, BushCo. views it as an impediment.

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Politics,Republicans,Rove

2 Comments

  • 1. woody, tokin' lib'rul  |  August 18th, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    I posted today on this subject…or maybe i’m gonna post today on it…or maybe i commented somewhere else…yeah, that was it! (i get so confused…) the MSHA dude, Stickler, is Brownie in a hard-hat; mebbe he wont kill as many people, but it wouldn’t be for lack of not trying…

  • 2. Eli  |  August 19th, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Maybe I should have titled it “Miner Quibble”.


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