Monday, July 28, 2008

“George Bush, great President or the greatest President?”

I'm not sure how much mainstream America pays attention to these kinds of stories, but a new report was released today about the illegal politicization of the hiring practices at the Department of Justice. I think we already knew most of this, in at least broad terms, but the report does add some juicy details, like how Monica Goodling is apparently living breathing Stephen Colbert bit. You thought it was satire, but alas...
Goodling regularly asked candidates for career jobs: "What is it about George W. Bush that makes you want to serve him?" the report said.

While not being nearly as amusing, this is probably the most egregious example of their misconduct:
An experienced counterterrorism prosecutor, for example, was kept from advancing in favor of a more junior lawyer who lacked a background in terrorism.

I guess we should feel good that there was some friendly fire from the loyalty tests:
"Apparently the political screening was so pervasive that even qualified Republican applicants were rejected...because they were 'not Republican enough' for Monica Goodling and others," Conyers said.

Now, with a report alleging violations of civil service law by multiple people you might think there would have to be some legal proceedings or something in the works... but if you thought that, you'd be wrong. Yay corruption!