The New York Times is upset that Bush insists on installing one of his loyal Torture Boys, Steven Bradbury, in a key Justice Department job. The Times thinks Big Torture Boy should throw Little Torture Boy under the bus so that the Senate Democrats will stop stalling all his other appointments:
At this point, according to a review by Politico.com, the election commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and the National Labor Relations Board do not have enough members to do their jobs. Scores of federal judgeships are vacant. The Council of Economic Advisers is down to one adviser.
This is bad for the country. Mr. Bush should withdraw Mr. Bradburyís nomination, replace him at the Justice Department with someone committed to upholding the law and take Mr. Reidís offer. The presidentís hyperpartisanship and my-way-or-the-highway arrogance is now close to paralyzing his own administration.
Actually no, this is not bad for the country. It is good for the country. To say otherwise is to imagine that the country is run by political appointees, and will immediately run aground if their wise leadership disappears.
Not quite. In some cases the vacancies will be filled by lower-ranking GOP appointees, hacks who will be more or less identical to the hacks Bush is currently blocked from installing. In others, career bureaucrats will step in. This is infinitely preferable to Option A, above.
Anything that tends to keep the hands of Bush appointees away from the levers of government is good for the country. Good, good, good. If Bush had never made a single appoinment and every department had been run for the past seven years by career bureaucrats serving in an acting capacity, think what the nation and the world would have been spared.
Rumsfeld, just to name a few.