The blowback continues. Julie Myers, President Bush’s nominee to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency under the Department of Homeland Security, looks like a baldfaced example of a political crony being rewarded with a fat paycheck for having all the right connections.
Michelle Malkin fires a second blog broadside into the Julie Myers nomination, and follows up with a syndicated column. Debbie Schlussel’s latest post lifts the slimy rock concealing ICE’s corruption, mismanagement, and border-enforcement laxity, and asks how Myers can possibly be qualified to clean it all up. RedState.org joins the chorus, and even finds legal support to torpedo the cute 36-year-old lawyer. The Roanoke Times posts a three-paragraph editorial that’s dead on-target.
Bush crony nominated to guard U.S. borders
I’m happy to see that Michelle Malkin is on the warpath against Julie Myers, President Bush’s nominee to head the the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Myers is a woefully underqualified 35 year old Washington lawyer whose resume reveals scant experience with immigration law … or law enforcement of any kind. If confirmed, this youngster will report to Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, and she’ll be running the second-largest investigative agency in the federal government. Among other things, she’ll have a multi-billion-dollar budget, 20,000+ subordinates, and she will be responsible for guarding our leaky borders against terrorist infiltrators, illegal aliens and drug smugglers.
Here’s the real outrage. Myers has two family connections to the Bush Administration, says The Washington Post:
Her uncle is Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the departing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She married Chertoff’s current chief of staff, John F. Wood, on Saturday.
Holy freakin’ cannolis! Rescind that nomination now, Mr. President, and deliver a swift kick in the rump to whoever advised you to choose Julie Myers.
Incidentally, The Washington Times jumped on this four days ago.
Hat tip: Froggy Ruminations (who rips the nomination a new one)
More conservative criticism:
Debbie Schlussel (I love the “Brunette Barbie” line)
Ankle Biting Pundits
So says Senator Harry Reid, I suppose. The new Minority Leader had some choice words for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on NBC News’ Meet The Press this past Sunday:
MR. RUSSERT: Why couldn’t you accept Clarence Thomas?
SEN. REID: I think that he has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court. I think that his opinions are poorly written. I don’t–I just don’t think that he’s done a good job as a Supreme Court justice.
The man who delivers speeches like this and writes opinions like this is “an embarrassment”? Senator Reid doesn’t say that about Justice Antonin Scalia, another conservative on the Court whose opinions track closely with those of Justice Thomas. In fact, Reid could see himself supporting Scalia’s nomination as Chief Justice if it comes right down to it. What could explain the difference in Senator Reid’s attitude?
Gimme a minute, I’m sure it’ll come to me eventually.
UPDATE: Told you so.
President Bush has nominated a new CIA chief: Congressman Porter Goss, a former military intelligence officer and CIA covert agent. I’m encouraged. If Goss survives the confirmation feeding frenzy, watch for a sharp improvement in human intelligence.
Any bets on whether John Kerry attends the nomination hearings?
Hat tip: Wizbang
Our lefty friends at Al-Guardian report on Senator Waffles‘ inspiring and brave moral stand:
The Democratic challenger for the White House, John Kerry, doused speculation yesterday that he would delay acceptance of the nomination at the party convention in late July.
The option, promoted by Democratic fundraisers because it would allow them to go on raising money, met with scorn from officials in Mr Kerry’s home town of Boston, which is hosting the convention.
“I made that decision because I believe it’s the right thing to do. I believe it’s right for us to have a good convention, to nominate and speak to the country, to have a finality of the process of nomination,” Mr Kerry said
Bravo. You’re going to obey the law and actually accept your nomination at the nominating convention. We’re all in awe.
I hereby announce my intention to pay for my next bag of groceries at the checkout, not five weeks later. I make this decision because I believe it’s the right thing to do. You can all applaud now.