Sunday, January 16, 2005

Sunday Reading

  • George W. Bush shows his inaugural balls in an interview in the Washington Post.

    President Bush said the public’s decision to reelect him was a ratification of his approach toward Iraq and that there was no reason to hold any administration officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar planning or managing the violent aftermath.

    “We had an accountability moment, and that’s called the 2004 elections,” Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post. “The American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me.”

    Pride goeth…

  • Michael Kinsley has a preview of coming attractions.

    Will President Bush actually have the guts to nominate Clarence Thomas for chief justice when that opportunity arises, which will probably be soon? You know he’s just aching to do it. Because of their shared judicial philosophy, of course. But also because of that arrogant willfulness Bush has that a more generous person than myself might even call integrity. Heck, why be president if you can’t rub your critics’ noses in it?

    And will the Democrats have the guts to oppose Justice Thomas’s elevation to chief, resisting all the cries of, “Oh, for mercy’s sake, you people — not that again”? Those cries are starting preemptively, in an effort to cow the opposition party out of opposing a Thomas nomination. I wish I could be as confident of the Democrats’ guts as I am of the president’s.

  • Christine Todd Whitman takes the lid off her view of the Bush administration.

    When U.S. EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman left the agency in 2003, she said she wanted to “spend more time with her family.” If you believed that, Bernard Kerik’s got a tax-free nanny he’d like to sell you.

    Those skeptical of Whitman’s resignation excuse may soon have their suspicions confirmed. It seems she quit because she was hoodwinked and hamstrung by her superiors. Unable to implement her agenda at EPA, she was effectively captaining a ship that was on permanent autopilot.

    Such is the implication of Whitman’s new political memoir-cum-manifesto “It’s My Party Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America,” due to hit bookstores on Jan. 27.

    Enviros may be disappointed to find the EPA dish rather scanty — only one chapter is devoted to her experiences at the agency. The rest of the book examines the “rightward lurch” of the GOP under the Bush administration, which is causing a rift between moderate and hard-right Republicans along several fault lines, the environment being chief among them. Whitman fears this rift could threaten the long-term viability of the Republican Party.

  • Football: The Colts vs. the Pats. Is there another game? Well, yes, there is. Meanwhile, it’s still a cool and cloudy weekend here in South Florida; perfect for staying in and doing the crossword and watching football.