Thursday, October 27, 2005


Another Immoral Moralizer

Seems like El Busho's biggest problem in new nominations will be finding folks that:
a) Want to mandate moral standards for everyone else;

b) Hold themselves to those same high moral standards; and,

c) Will decline to hold Bush, DeLay, Frist and their respective gangs to any moral and/or legal standards.

Harriet Miers' nomination failed test "a" and was withdrawn:
But the nomination of Miers to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was already in deep trouble, with little support in the Senate, open criticism from many senators of both parties and an outpouring of opposition from conservative activists and intellectuals.
(Source: Washington Post Harriet Miers Withdraws Nomination Oct. 27, 2005)

One recent rule "b" violator was the FDA's Dr. Crawford, who just couldn't morally allow women access to RU486 yet had no problems with trading stocks in industries he was responsible for regulating:
Ex-Head of F.D.A. or Wife Sold Stock in Regulated Area

Dr. Lester M. Crawford, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, or his wife sold shares in companies regulated by the agency in 2004, according to financial disclosure forms.

The sales may have played a role in Dr. Crawford's sudden resignation from the agency last month after only two months as its leader.
(Source: New York Times, Oct. 27, 2005)

It's easy to find people eager to regulate other people's personal lives while considering morality "more of a guideline than a rule" in their own lives. It is harder, but not impossible, to find folks holding themselves to the same standards they demand of others.

What is particularly hard, though, is finding folks that meet the first two criteria that won't hold Bush and his cronies to those same standards. It'll be interesting to see what kind of right-wing looney they drag out as the next nominee - maybe Bork again? Ann Coulter, perhaps?


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