July 06, 2005

Sorry, Dubya

News Item:

"Al Gonzales is a great friend of mine," Bush said in a phone interview. "When a friend gets attacked, I don't like it."
So sorry, Mr. President, that I wrote in today's column: "That the rumor mill on potential nominees has even mentioned Alberto Gonzales... is deeply troubling, and would reek of unprincipled cronyism."

Oh, wait-- no I'm not. As Ramesh Ponnuru puts it, Gonzales

is a public official with a track record, and people can't very well be expected not to express opinions about that record or his suitability for an important government post just because he's a friend of the president. If the president wants to shield his pals from such scrutiny, he can leave them in the private sector.
It always been clear that Bush values loyalty to a fault. (Remember the guy who was fired after 9/11? No you don't, because he doesn't exist.) The idea that he'd consider a pro-Roe, pro-Grutter, anti-gun nominee simply because of friendship suggests that Bush might not even know that it's possible to be loyal-to-a-fault.

Posted by John Tabin at July 6, 2005 05:45 PM

Well said, John!

I am very fearful about this nomination.

By the way, do you have any predictions?

Posted by: Tim Birdnow at July 7, 2005 06:43 PM