President Bush just made another appointment to head a large bureaucracy under the Dept of Homeland Security. Her name is Julie Myers, and she’s getting lots of flack… from the right.
This nomination is a monumental political and policy blunder in the wake of the Michael Brown/FEMA fiasco. And I can tell you that contrary to the Miss Mary Sunshine White House spokeswoman's comments, rank-and-file DHS employees and immigration enforcement officials are absolutely livid about Myers' nomination.
That was Michelle Malkin. John at Powerline agrees.
I can’t figure it out either. People made great gruff about Brown after the Katrina incident, but not much before. What you don’t hear much in the press is that everyone was fine and dandy with the Federal response to all the hurricanes of the last few years with him in charge, and the existing system under Homeland Security in place. You didn’t notice because the states and localities understood their rolls in emergency management and were organized. Louisiana was not, and Michael Brown takes the fall.
Now, he might not have been qualified. But Bush might have felt he could do the job asked of him, for some reason. And for the most part he did. However, when the feces hit the fan, he was overwhelmed and crumbled (much like the Governor of LA). And so I think that perhaps Myers will be competent enough to do her job for the most part. What happens when the feces hits the fan?
This was a horrible political move by Bush too. I don’t get that as well. He normally is a pretty politically savvy guy, so why appoint a severely under-qualified person right after people highlighted how under-qualified Brown was. People have a short attention span, but not that short.