You just knew that, upon hearing news of the greatest natural disaster in the U.S. since the 1906 San Fransisco earthquake, that the discussion at the White House or Crawford or wherever that little weasel is/was went something like this:
Karl Rove: Mr. President, this would be a perfect time to sneak the Supreme Court nomination hearings onto the Congressional calendar.
GWB: Yeah, Karl, you're so damned smart. While the emergency systems of the nation break down and millions are possibly diseased, homeless or dead, let's "git-r-done" and get Roberts in there. Hell, none of those poor folks voted for me anyway. This will deal with the Sheehan thing to, if we're lucky.
Karl Rove: Exactly. We'll do like we did for 9/11. Form some bullshit committee to look into it, find someone at FEMA to blame, shuffle the bureaucracy a little, and watch the housing and building bubble re-inflate as an entire city must be built to doubltess expensive new safety standards. Remember, it's easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.
GWB: Y'know what'd be great? If Rehnquist were to kick off right about now. Then we could take care of two historically crucial nominations with one simple national tragedy.
Karl Rove: Yes (strokes chin evilly), that would be something. Will you excuse me for a minute? I need to make some phone calls.
Links of Interest
Bullshit committee (GWB version).
Bullshit committee (Hillary Clinton version).
A fair assessment (at last).
Rehnquist bites it.
"Check the Box Sunday"
4 weeks ago