Monica Goodling, the former Justice Department's White House liaison,
arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 23, 2007,
to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
I just couldn't resist the headline. This Monica does not wear a blue dress, but she may help to bring down her boss.
"I didn't mean to break the law," seemed to be the line of the day for Monica Goodling as it was repeated often in her testimony to congress today.
Her only experience since graduating from one of the lowest ranking law schools in the country, was at the Republican National Committee before she was hired at the Justice Department to interview future civil rights judges, supposedly non-political appointments.
Did she know the law before she started her job as a lawyer who job it was to know the law? Is it possible she didn't intend to ask applicants about their political affiliations?
But I didn't mean to:
- eliminate people as soon as she identified them as not having voted for Bush.
- delay or stop the hiring of many on the basis of their party membership.
I don't recall:
- if I received any emails from Karl Rove.
- if I was instructed to specifically avoid anyone who is not a Bush Crony.
Monica Goodling is a perfect example of how the administration hires people with no other qualification than sworn, blind loyalty to the President instead of the people.
I will leave to you to determine if this lawyer exercises "ignorance of the law". I just have to ask the obvious question, are lawyers supposed to have poor memories?
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This would be funny except that it was too painful.