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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Bush's Buddies
This article in the NYTimes disturbs me. The basic point is that a bunch of people who have known George W. Bush for decades are in very important jobs today.

One of the major shortcomings of Bush is that he places way too much emphasis on loyalty, and not enough on competence. Some of these people even admit in the article that their positions are based on "loyalty and friendship". So Bush's former personal assistant is Assistant Secretary of Commerce. A high school buddy heads the OMB. And his former personal attorney gets nominated for the Supreme Court!

While not great, this fact alone wouldn't get me up in arms. But combine that with Bush's demonstrated lack of ability to choose capable Republican establishment types for the other positions (I'm thinking super-hawk Dick Cheney, uber-incompetent Don Rumsfeld, even questionable-diplomat Condi Rice) and you've got a recipe for a disastrous administration.

Here's the list of high-level people in Bush II that I think are competent:
Josh Bolten
Hank Paulsen

And both of those have been in their positions less than a year.
posted by CB @ 12:28 AM  
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