January 4, 2007

"Harriet is one of the most beloved people here at the White House."

Said Tony Snow, announcing the departure of Harriet Miers, who captured our attention a year or so ago and then retreated into the background.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know, I used to think that every time someone left the White House it was because they had pissed the president off or the president had pissed them off. How could they just leave a great job like that to "spend more time at home" or to "return to private life." Then I read--just a couple days ago, actually--Ari Fleischer's book. The book was equal part memoir and justification for the Iraq war. But the part that's relevant to this discussion is this: He had dealt with the press for years. He had finally burned out. It happens. You have a great job. You love it. But at some point it gets either boring or more than you particularly care to deal with. At that point, it's best to go. While you're at your peak. Before you make stupid mistakes and end up pissing the president off.

Simon said...

Here's a question that interests me, insofar as it goes to what I perceive to be Bush's most crippling character flaw as an executive: a lot of people have left this administration over the years. Other than Rumsfeld -- and it isn't clear whether he was actually fired at all -- name someone who has been fired by the President.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Lest we forget.

Mark the Pundit said...

Maybe she felt the pay was too low and she wanted to double it by becoming a law professor somewhere? heh.

hdhouse said...

awww "beloved"....too bad he forgot the word competent.

Maxine Weiss said...

They chewed her up and spit her out.

She has absolutely no future.

Can you imagine her resume?

Dumped from being a Supreme Court Candidate..

...and now dumped from the Administration altogether.

Who's gonna hire her now?

Sad to do that to someone's career.

Maxine Weiss said...

Oh yeah she's so "Beloved", that's why she can never get another job again.

No matter what kind of spin they put on it.....she got de-moted....now twice.

With all the troublemakers these days, and so many people that engage in intentional misconduct....

..here's a woman who did nothing at all, but have the misfortune of being caught up in political crossfire...

..and she'll never work again.

Sad.

Peace, Maxine

Simon said...

Maxine Weiss said...
"here's a woman who did nothing at all, but have the misfortune of being caught up in political crossfire."

Not true. What Miers did wrong was to accept the offer of the nomination, and then allow the or haemorrhaging to continue after it became clear that her nomination had disintegrated on contact with reality. I agree with HDhouse's assessment. A competent White House counsel would have sized herself up and said "I don't fit the bill."

Jacob said...

"...who did nothing at all..."
Which was, let's face it, part of the problem.

MadisonMan said...

She's been called a pit-bull terrier in size 6 shoes. That's a beloved person at the White House? Are Pit bulls a beloved breed in Texas?

Too Many Jims said...

Other than Rumsfeld -- and it isn't clear whether he was actually fired at all -- name someone who has been fired by the President.

Michael Brown comes to mind immediately. Also, Paul O'Neil and (to a lesser degree) John Snow. If you are counting Rumsfeld as being "fired" then Powell was fired (though I suspect he was relieved to be fired).

Bissage said...

Call me crazy, but I suspect Harriet Miers took one for the team so Bush could nominate a man to replace a woman, without too much political consequence.

No reasonable person could call her an optimal choice and it's common knowledge that she's a dyed-in-the-wool Bush loyalist.

Beloved? You Betcha.

Revenant said...

Are Pit bulls a beloved breed in Texas?

I know a lot of people who like pit bulls. They kind of have a bad rep -- unless mistreated or trained to kill, they're good dogs.

Gerry said...

"a lot of people have left this administration over the years"

I believe that, compared to other recent Presidents, there has been significantly fewer people leaving.

That is my recollection, although my memory may be faulty here.

Comrade X said...

a lot of uniformed commentary on this thread. Harriet Miers is extremely competent and uncommonly hard working for a government employee, but then she's really from the private sector and has been taking a huge pay cut for 6 years. she'll have all the work she wants. peace out.

Simon said...

Jim,
Brown and Snow resigned; O'Neill also resigned, allegedly under pressure, but bullying someone into quitting is far, far worse than firing them. If bullying O'Neill into quitting is the closest that Bush has come to firing someone, then it's even worse than I thought. ;)

Too Many Jims said...

Simon,

If that is your definition of "fired", who was the last presidential appointee who was fired? I can't think of anyone who has actually been fired. They all "resign".

hdhouse said...

and go home to spend more time with their family....speaking of which, what happened to the witch ...you know the tall idiot from texas ..the female who quit and then bush took her back to be a special pr envoy...gosh, can't think of her name....lol

chuck b. said...

MadisonMan said, "She's been called a pit-bull terrier in size 6 shoes..."

Wow, if only they had tried that pit bull simile with lipstick instead of shoes... What could have been!

And then Bissage said, "You Betcha."

Whoa. Creeepy!