A Justice Department internal report concludes that “Senior aides to former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales broke Civil Service laws by using politics to guide their hiring decisions, picking less-qualified applicants for important nonpolitical positions, slowing the hiring process at critical times….” according to an article in today’s New York Times.
The primary bad guy appears to be Monica Goodling, the young blonde who testified before Congress in the spring of 2007. She’s a 1999 graduate of that premiere law school Regent University, which was founded by Pat Robertson. I’m beginning to think no one named Monica should be allowed in the White House.
Goodling apparently ran a litmus test on applicants, rejecting liberals and those who might be homosexual, and hiring less-qualified candidates if they were sufficiently conservative.
The inspector general’s investigation found that Ms. Goodling and a handful of other senior aides to Mr. Gonzales used in-person interviews and Internet searches to screen out candidates who might be too liberal and identify candidates seen as pro-Republican and supportive of President Bush. One senior official, in describing Ms. Goodling’s strategy, likened it to a “farm system” used to fill temporary vacancies at the Justice Department with Republicans who could then move up.
White House spokesman Tony Fratto responded to questions about the report by saying, “There really is not a lot new here.” Of course not… not if you’re the White House and you were directing this malfeasance right from the start!
Anyway, as usual there seems to be no way to hold any of the wrong-doers accountable, since most of them left the government when Gonzales resigned. This is so typical of the Bush administration which isn’t responsible for anything.