Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Wendy McCaw, A.G.?

It seems that when Wendy McCaw is done dismantling the News-Press, she might have a futute as the Attorney General of the U.S. (Quick aside--let's have a 50/50 pool to pick the date the paper folds; the winner gets half the pot and the rest of the money goes to start a real newspaper!) In case you didn't see it this morning, Talking Points Memo presented the latest news about the Bush Administration's firings of seven federal prosecutors.

Before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty explained that six of the seven federal prosecutors who were suddenly dismissed last December were axed for "performance related" issues.

Today, McClatchy reports that of those six, five of them "received positive job evaluations before they were ordered to step down." But there's an explanation:

A Justice Department official who spoke on behalf of the administration said the dispute might simply be a matter of "semantics."

"Performance-related can mean many things," said the official, who asked to remain anonymous because the Privacy Act bars officials from discussing personnel decisions. "Policy is set at a national level. Individual U.S. attorneys around the country can't just make up their policy agenda."

So "performance-related" doesn't necessarily mean that the prosecutors performed badly -- it's just a coded way of saying they were not sufficiently lockstep with policy at the "national level."

Making folks be lockstep is what McCaw is all about, so she would certainly fit in with the Bush crowd. After all, it doesn't matter how good you are at your job in a Bush-McCaw World, all that's needed is the ability to kiss endless tuchas.

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Anonymous Tessitura said...

ohhhh... Interesting

12:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree with you here. The parallels are creepy: the demands for loyalty, the incompetence, arrogance, disregard for real people, thinking of it all as a big game. Could both Wendy and Bush have narcissistic personality disorder and that is why they have so much in common? Is the sky blue?


8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scary, George. Seriously scary, 1984-scary (referring to the book by George Orwell about a totalitarian society; not leg warmers and permed hair or whatever connotations the year 1984 brings back for anyone else). That news item about federal prosecutors slipped right by me -- must have gotten lost in the flood of media coverage on the Runaway Astronaut's diapers.
P.S. I don't know you, but I love your blog -- and I love Edhat for their links that remind me to come read it. Big fan.

9:00 AM  
Blogger George said...


Thanks for the kind words. Studies show not knowing me is the best way to love my blog.

And Edhat does deserve all our love, yes.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it's been pointed out (Barney B., I think) that to-be Montecito property owner, Wendy's ex, Craig McC, is a big Bush supporter/contributor, his present wife being US ambassador to Austria - and such things are paid for, if not bought, so maybe it runs in the "family."

11:35 AM  

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