July 29, 2008
If Only Gore Hadn’t Invented the Internet
Evidently somebody at the White House knows how to use the Google. From Froomkin:
“Another prosecutor was rejected for a job in part because she was thought to be a lesbian. And a Republican lawyer received high marks at his job interview because he was found to be sufficiently conservative on the core issues of ‘god, guns + gays.’”
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 29, 2008 01:36 PM
The report “found that White House officials were actively involved in some hiring decisions.
“According to the report, officials at the White House first developed a method of searching the Internet to glean the political leanings of a candidate and introduced it at a White House seminar called The Thorough Process of Investigation. Justice Department officials then began using the technique to search for key phrases or words in an applicant’s background, like ‘abortion,’ ‘homosexual,’ ‘Florida recount,’ or ‘guns.…’
The folks hired in this process were no more than party apparatchiks. Just like in the old Soviet Union. The only difference is that the Bushies have a brutal fascist ideology whereas the Soviets had a brutal Communist ideology. The Soviet Union was brought to its knees and folded because of the corruption within the permanent Communist majority (as well as spending far to much on their military - which seems to be another trait we share with the old Soviet Empire). One thing you have to give Karl Rove's fabled "permanent Republican majority" credit for. They've brought America to its knees in only eight years. It took the Soviets decades to do it.
This is one of the reasons we need investigations of illegal activities by the current administration: they would provide justifications for fixing the problems, i.e., dumping the grossly unqualified folks who only got their jobs because they wanted to "serve" George W. Bush, in Monica Goodling's words.
I have to admit to a certain attraction to the concept of serving or being served by Monica; but George is on his own.