Andrew Card Has Resigned

My first thought was- “Things can’t really get any worse, so who cares?”

And that is all I have to say about that, although it will be amusing to watch the usual suspects speculating why he left and trying to find a scandal.






25 replies
  1. 1

    What remains is the problem: Rumsfeld’s incompetence, Cheney’s criminal leaking, Rove’s desecrations. Until any or all of these clowns resign as well, and better qualified people come in to clean up the messes they’ve made, the Bush administration is still going to get low approval polls…

  2. 2
    Vlad says:

    I mis-read the subhead as Bolton instead of Bolten, and nearly had a heart attack.

    Card’s pretty low on the list of people I’d toss from the admin, if I had my druthers.

  3. 3
    DougJ says:

    Given what a great job Bolten has done with the budget, this has got to be great news.

  4. 4

    […] Mr. Card seems to have his supporters in the RINO community. John Cole had this to say […]

  5. 5

    Mister Card, I’m so sorry, you can’t return this item. You just took it off the shelves without paying for it.

  6. 6
    Steve says:

    Deck chair, meet Titanic.

  7. 7
    DougJ says:

    Andy Card has always seemed like a good guy. I believe he tried to oust Rove last October. It’s too bad he failed.

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    neil says:

    This may not have anything to do with it, but Abu Gonzales gave Card a 12-hour warning that the White House would be required to turn over all Plame-related documents.

    As we all know by now, Rove recently pointed Fitz at some emails from Cheney’s office that didn’t get released the first time. Perhaps this would have become embarassing for Card?

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    KCinDC says:

    Yes, how unreasonable of people not to unquestioningly accept the White House’s explanation for Card’s departure. After all, Claude Allen really was just leaving to spend more time with his family.

    It’s quite possible there’s nothing shady involved, but the administration brought the speculation on themselves by covering up the reasons for the last departure.

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    Faux News says:

    Deck chair, meet Titanic

    LOL. This is a strong contender for BJ “Post Of The Day”.

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    Edmund Dantes says:

    Card was also part of the tag team duo of Gonzalez and himself that went to Ashcroft’s hospital bed to get him to sign off on the domestic spying when the acting AG, Comey I believe, (due to Ashcroft being under medication for surgery) refused to sign off on it.

    Card has his hands in a lot of pots.

  12. 12
    The Other Steve says:

    The Whitehouse had a Chief of Staff?

    Could have fooled me.

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    LITBMueller says:

    The only “scandal” is the attempt by some Kool Aid drinkers to claim that replacing Card with Bolten is bringing in “new blood.”

    Sorta like replacing a Ford Tempo with a Mercury Topaz, if you ask me. ;)

  14. 14
    Pb says:

    So, on a day-to-day basis, what does the Chief of Staff actually do, and what kind of experience should he have? Methinks Bolten needs to brush up on his cheeseburger-fetching skills:

    “Go get me Andy Card,” Bush said to one of the Secret Service agents. Card, the designee as chief of staff, entered from an adjoining room . . . Bush looked impatiently at Card, hard-eyed. “You’re the chief of staff. You think you’re up to getting us some cheeseburgers?”

    Card nodded. No one laughed. He all but raced out of the room.

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    Jay C says:

    Probably a lot of nothing involved here: much as I (like a lot of us, I’m sure) would like to think Andy Card’s departure is a harbinger of more White House scandal, the most likely explanation is that he was probably just burnt out after 5-1/2 years on the job, and wanted to split.
    No biggie: and probably no big shakeup, either.

    Regular Bush-bashing may now resume.

  16. 16
    Antonio Manetti says:

    Sam Spade(The Maltese Falcon): “We’ve got to have a fall guy…Let’s give ’em the gunsel”

    Antonio

  17. 17
    Fledermaus says:

    “Things can’t really get any worse, so who cares?”

    If I had a nickle for everytime I thought that and was proven wrong by this administration, I could retire.

  18. 18
    DougJ says:

    Antonio: “Six two and even, they’re selling you out.”

  19. 19

    […] The best take I read about this was a comment on Balloon Juice: “Deck chair, meet Titanic.” […]

  20. 20

    There have been reports about Card being worn down going back to last fall. Within the past month he reportedly had pneumonia. He was probably getting ultimatums at home.

    Will his departure make much difference? That seems very unlikely.

    If Cheney’s health problems were to force his retirement and if something were to happen to Rove to really take him out of Bush’s inner circle, then we’d probably see at least some difference.

    The bad news, of course, is that even if all that were to comeabout, “difference” isn’t synonymous with improved.

  21. 21
    Helena Montana says:

    Maybe he’s just tired?

  22. 22
    Richard Bottoms says:

    Much as I detest Newt Gingrich, this isn’t a bad idea.

    “Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who masterminded the 1994 elections that brought Republicans to power on promises of revolutionizing the way Washington is run, told TIME that his party has so bungled the job of governing that the best campaign slogan for Democrats today could be boiled down to just two words: “Had enough?”

    http://bullmooseblogger.blogspot.com/

  23. 23
    Barry says:

    LITBMueller Says:

    “The only “scandal” is the attempt by some Kool Aid drinkers to claim that replacing Card with Bolten is bringing in “new blood.”

    Sorta like replacing a Ford Tempo with a Mercury Topaz, if you ask me. ”

    A blast from the past, for me. I remember driving one of those as a fleet car at Ford. Should have been called the Ford Cheapo.

  24. 24
    Barry says:

    In the end, it really doesn’t matter what personnel changes are made; the record of the administration is firmly established. Ditching Rumsfield *might* be a change that mattered – if he was ditched for somebody good.

    I think that people are realizing that we’re in for 3 more years of Bush, and the harvest as is is terrifying. We’re about to reap the crop of a disintigrating Iraq. If the economy goes downhill in the next few years, then it’ll be handled with the same honesty and competancy as everything else, which is a frightening thought, isn’t it?

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    rachel says:

    If I were Andy Card, I’d want to get the heck out of there too.

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