As a continuation of this post from yesterday, we get some exciting news about Teh Powers of Teh Internetz for use in the illegal politicization(and sexual discrimination!) of civil service jobs! Daniel Drezner has uncovered the vaunted search string a White House liaison was using to vet DOJ candidates:
[first name of a candidate] and pre/2 [last name of a candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict! or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or firearm!
Spotted Owl? Really?
I've never used Lexis/Nexis and don't have access regardless, so I have no idea how effective such a string would be in rooting out liberal lawyers... but I guess it's a little bit more crafty than asking an interviewee "Why are you a Republican?"