President Bush today said that embattled World Bank head Paul Wolfowitz, currently embroiled in yet another BushCo scandal, “ought to stay” in his position. This comes hot on the heels of Bush’s show of support for buddy Alberto Gonzales, whose leadership at Justice has been such a festering embarrassment that even loyal Republicans are howling for his head.
This is all very good news for Democrats, although not all of them seem to fully understand the gift before them. They want Gonzo’s scalp, and Wolfie’s (actually, they want a lot of scalps, including those currently warming the noggins of Dubya and The Dick). Where the motivation is good governance, accountability and an end to cronyism and corruption, there’s no arguing the point. History will likely remember this scandal-infested administration as one of the dirtiest in history and the sooner we take a scrub-brush and some Lysol to things the better for the American people. Our recovery from the disease that is the Bush camp can’t begin soon enough.
However, there’s also the more utilitarian question of how to make sure the American public most fully understands issues as they really exist. As I noted in a comment on Robert Silvey’s earlier post, Americans never seem to truly learn from their mistakes, but if you push hard enough they will sometimes run the thugs out of town and replace them with their political opponents.
In this case, every day that Gonzo hangs on, every day that Wolfie keeps that World Bank chair warm, every subpoena that Condi stonewalls, every e-mail that Rove deletes, each and every one of these things hangs in the air like a stench that Americans can’t avoid breathing in. If Bush were smart – and at this point that’s almost too easy a cheap shot to even take – each new revelation of mis-, mal- or non-feasance would be quickly dealt with, and his Republican allies ought to insist on it because they’re the ones who are going to have to pay the price come Decision 2008.
So those among the loyal opposition calling for the heads of the corrupt, I say: speak loudly enough to be on the record, but not so loudly that your voice might actually get anybody fired. In the court of public opinion, folks like Gonzo and Wolfie are doing you the most possible good right where they are and Bush’s misguided loyalty is your best friend in the world.