Niccolo Machiavelli once wrote that if you plan to do a number of bad things, do them all at once so that the public remembers them as more or less one thing. In the modern press era that’s even better advice, because unless it becomes a consuming scandal you have basically one big unfavorable story rather than umpteen separate stories carrying through umpteen different news cycles. The public perceives the first as an outlier, the second as a trend.
Why do I bring that up? Last night Bush took it upon himself to make seventeen recess appointments all at once, including some who embarrass even Michelle Malkin:
Oh, give me a ^*&%$# break and a half! This nomination is a monumental political and policy blunder in the wake of the Michael Brown/FEMA fiasco. And I can tell you that contrary to the Miss Mary Sunshine White House spokeswoman’s comments, rank-and-file DHS employees and immigration enforcement officials are absolutely livid about [Julie] Myers’ nomination.
I’m not familiar with most of the names on the list, but keep in mind that these are people that Bush couldn’t even get past a Senate dominated by his own party. Several of them haven’t even had confirmation hearings.
File this under,
‘things that would cause mass hysteria if done by a Democrat.’ ‘things that happen with some regularity under presidents of both parties’ (via a commenter). I remain curious how often they’re necessary given a friendly Senate.
Read the list here.
More atrocities listed.