October 4, 2005
Bush family doctor to head NIH
President Bush will confound Democrats by appointing his family physician to head the National Institute of Health. His mail carrier will take over the Postal Department on Wednesday, and his vet will run Health and Welfare. Democrats on the hill responded through a spokesman, "We will ask tough questions, furrow our brows, shake our heads ever so gently and then vote to confirm."
Russ Feingold explained, "Hey, when I'm president I think the GOP will confirm all my appointees. Fair is fair."
Get serious for a moment. Harriet Mier must be the silliest appointment in our nation's history and I suspect it is Karl Rove thumbing his nose at the American people. "George, we can get that group to confirm anybody. Want to test my theory? Appoint your personal lawyer to the Supreme Court. Bet you lunch they confirm."
Mier has been intimately involved with everything from the Wilson-Plame scandal to the president's right-to-life efforts. She said, and I'm not making this up, "George Bush is the most brilliant man I have ever met." Whoa Nelly! Apparently she has also been cloistered for a decade or two.
She may be smart, may have a distinguished career, but she is one of the Bush cronies. She must not be confirmed. This joke must stop.
Meanwhile, back in the war room, the president is chuckling with Rove. "Okay, after Mier, we'll put Jeb at State, my mother will run Treasury, Laura will take over Commerce...hey, this is fun." Stay tuned.
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