And I am serious.
The more I learn about this administration, and how they have perverted EVERY single system of governance they have touched, the happier I am that Chuck Schumer and Ted Kennedy and Pat Leahy are going to give it to the GOP right and proper. From today’s WaPo profile about young Ms. Goodling:
When a college intern in the Justice Department whined that all he was doing was filing and answering phones, Monica M. Goodling took him aside. If he wanted to do “substantive work,” she told him, he was going to have to prove himself first.
The intern walked out of the office in a huff, and when he returned an hour later, Goodling took him aside again. “You’re fired,” she said.
“Some people in the office thought: ‘Wow! That was tough,’ ” said Mark Corallo, her former boss in Justice’s Office of Public Affairs, who recalled the incident. “But I thought, ‘Good for her.’ ”
Part of a generation of young religious conservatives who swept into the federal government after the election of President Bush in 2000, Goodling displayed unblinking devotion to the administration and expected others to do the same. When she started at Justice, “no job was too small for her,” and as she moved rapidly up the ranks, none “was too large,” Corallo said.***
To her detractors, Goodling was an enforcer of political loyalty who was not squeamish about firings — of interns or of senior officials.
“She forced many very talented, career people out of main Justice so she could replace them with junior people that were either loyal to the administration or would score her some points,” said a former career Justice official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing fear of reprisal.
And so it is with EVERY department, every agency, every office this administration has touched. Fierce partisans, religious right radicals, and party loyalists have replaced the people who actually know things and care about things, to the detriment of the national good. Agencies no longer exist to do public works, or, in this case, to administer justice, they exist to keep Republicans elected, and the loyalists are in place and will say and do whatever they have to to keep it that way. When they get caught lying, they lie some more and hope the press will get distracted by a dead bimbo or a missing kid. In the off-chance the sophomoric pack of brats that is the national press catches (and yes, I am linking Duncan Black for the first time without calling him an asshole) a hint of a real story, they will simply lie to Congressional committees and catch amnesia.
And the rot is deep. Jim Henley is right (and not just because he invoked my name):
It will take a whole new cadre of Republicans to turn the party into something that deserves to be trusted with a meaningful share of American power. Those people don’t really exist yet. Put it this way: to the extent that they exist now, the “real Republicans” vituperate them and drive them off. You can see the dynamic whenever a formerly “reliable” blogger like John Cole or Der Commissar sets the Kool-Aid cup down and begins describing the jungle compound as it actually looks. You see it in the loathing for Chuck Hagel, who was all talk and no kissing until just this week. Behind George Bush is Alberto Gonzales. Behind Alberto Gonzales is John Yoo. Behind John Yoo are a dozen functionaries who think like him but whose names we don’t even know. In front of them all is a clown show of jesters and justifiers.
It’s a rotten bunch, and it’s a rotten bunch that has found every soft spot in the structure of American Constitutionalism and poked it out. It is pleased to have done so and, as the Stiftung explains, does not to this day question its rightness. What has to happen is thoroughly repudiating them and their works. A notoriously fickle electorate has to keep them at bay. An obviously venal opposition has to rebuild the cage of laws around itself rather than running joyously rampant. I don’t like our chances, honestly. If you want to maximize them, it means turning to Eve Tushnet’s maxim: “Politicians mostly do what they think they have to do.” We have to make them think they have to shore up what passed for delimited power if they want to keep their phony-baloney jobs.
It isn’t just a bad apple, as the whole barrel has gone bad. NASA, the FDA, Justice, FEMA, or, this week, the Department of the Interior and the GSA. Hell, do I even need to list them all? I am terrified to think what we will learn has been done with the IRS, and God only knows what is going on at Homeland Security. It is almost as if after years of accusing the Clinton administration of being the most crooked administration ever, they decided to experiment and see if they could be worse than their claims. Their success has been unparalleled in modern political history.
So let’s all hear it for Waxman, Leahy, Schumer, Kennedy, and all the other partisan attack dogs on the side of the Democrats. I don’t for one minute share their political beliefs, and I still think Schumer would run over a handicapped kid to get in front of a microphone, but I sure as hell am glad they are in office. The hacks and the partisans and the phonies and the frauds are in charge, they are deeply entrenched, and it is going to take a bunker buster to root ’em out.
This whole corrupt, incompetent, faith-based, crony-worshipping group of frauds needs to be decimated. The Republican party needs to be razed and built back up from the ground. All I can say to Chuck Schumer is:
“Praise the lord and pass the ammunition.”