Sunday, October 23, 2005

Bush's Cronies

Scott Johnson has a post on powerline on Secretary Rice's visit to Birmingham, Alabama and how NYT's Steven Weisman has just noticed Rice speaks of her past in context of a larger struggle for human rights and social justice.

Johnson ends with this reflection on where today's liberals find themselves.
As I noted in the Standard column, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963 had been the handiwork of former members of the Ku Klux Klan -- brothers under the hood to former Ku Klux Klan Grand Kleagle and current Democratic United States Senator Robert Byrd. Byrd of course opposed Rice's confirmation as Secretary of State. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Byrd and 11 other Democratic senators in opposing Rice's confirmation as Secretary of State was Democratic senator Mark Dayton who is, oddly enough, the occupant of Hubert Humphrey's seat in the Senate.
All the talk of Cronyism with Meir's nomination convinces me one of Bush's greatest legacies will be his cronies were Women, Hispanic-Americans, and African-Americans, and that they really were cronies he relied upon deeply. He's truely the first President not to have lined the inner circle with white-european males.


Cao said...

That's a great commentary.

LaReinaCobre said...

He has and that is good - but unfortunately they do not seem to be sharing a perspective that is any different from the one he started with. I am curious to see if that eventually happens. Otherwise, it just looks a little bit like tokenism.

Bill Baar said...

Well, remember this is the guy the Democrats say has no brain. Maybe Rice is steering Bush and Bush is sharing her perspective.

Either way, it works for me. I'd vote for Rice in 2008.