Monday, December 13, 2004

The Politics of Personal Destruction

Just a quick note on the withdrawal of Bernard Kerik's nomination to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), if everyone believes the story that he is withdrawing due to some "nanny issues," (I have no reason to believe this is not true, but some media outlets (CNN, FOXNews) have added "Iraq issues" to the reasons. For now, I'll stick to Kerik's own comments, which specifically mentioned only the unpaid nanny taxes) I think that demonstrates the shortsightedness of the 1993 GOP as they were in the midst of the quest that ultimately brought them to power in 1994. The same "scandal" that brought down Clinton AG nominee Zoe Baird, has now cost the nation arguably the leading candidate for what many consider the most important cabinet post in the United States. We may never know if Zoe Baird would have been a good AG, but Kerik's track record in high profile security related positions, in my opinion makes a pretty good case that he would have been an excellent Secretary for DHS.


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