Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Rove's Hiring Practices

Matt Latimer, the former speechwriter to President George W. Bush, has made political headlines recently with excerpts from a new book he has written about his days in the Rove-Bush-Cheney Administration.

But tonight, in a an op-ed written for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Latimer gives insight into the incompetent hiring practices by the Rove Republican Racket.

Appropriately titled "GOP Succumbed to Unchecked Power," Latimer writes:

Every administration politicizes hiring to a degree, but some in the Bush administration went beyond the pale. Much is known about the political firings of U.S. attorneys and the party-line enforcers who removed or intimidated qualified personnel at the Justice Department. Less well known is what happened outside Justice. For nearly three years at the Defense Department, I saw young, inexperienced political operatives enjoy nearly unrestrained power. Like schoolyard bullies who picked on people because they could, these operatives pursued personal vendettas, blocked hirings, delayed promotions and pressured high-ranking officials. Backed by the White House political shop, some operatives refused to hire experienced communicators to help the president and the defense secretary work effectively on Afghanistan and Iraq. They insisted on hiring friends or mediocre candidates from a White House-approved list.

And we wonder why DOJ or DOD went to hell during the Bush years?

Read the full op-ed here.