“Good Americans” – The Plot Sickens

The Washington Post is finally catching up to the story that I posted on Monday about the political correctness in the Department of Justice.

Karen Stevens, Tovah Calderon and Teresa Kwong had a lot in common. They had good performance ratings as career lawyers in the Justice Department’s civil rights division. And they were minority women transferred out of their jobs two years ago — over the objections of their immediate supervisors — by Bradley Schlozman, then the acting assistant attorney general for civil rights.

Schlozman ordered supervisors to tell the women that they had performance problems or that the office was overstaffed. But one lawyer, Conor Dugan, told colleagues that the recent Bush appointee had confided that his real motive was to “make room for some good Americans” in that high-impact office, according to four lawyers who said they heard the account from Dugan.

In another politically tinged conversation recounted by former colleagues, Schlozman asked a supervisor if a career lawyer who had voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a onetime political rival of President Bush, could still be trusted.


Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee plan today to shine a renewed spotlight on decision-making in the division by questioning Schlozman’s replacement, Wan Kim, about hiring practices and about its support for state voter-identification programs that could inhibit minority voting.

Democrats also plan to ask about the dwindling diversity of the staff in a division whose core mission includes fighting racial discrimination. The Bush administration, largely under Schlozman, hired seven members as replacements or additions to the 14-lawyer appellate section where Stevens, Calderon and Kwong worked. They included six whites, one Asian and no African Americans.

For those of you keeping track, this practice is illegal. It’s also immoral and unethical. But that’s never stopped the Bushies; in fact, as we’ve discovered, being a loyal Bushie seems to be the only qualification for holding a job in the Department of Justice. It doesn’t matter if you went to law school at Harvard or the South Valley College of Law and Pachinko Parlor; all you have to do is worship at the feet of the Dear Leader and prove that you know how to use the CTRL+ALT+Del key combo on your computer’s e-mail and you’re in.

The Bush administration’s idea of diversity is that anyone’s welcome to work for them as long as they’re white, Christian, and Republican. Bring your own brown shirt, though.

PS: Also note in the article that Mr. Scholzman wasn’t looking for just any good Americans; he was concerned that one lawyer might have voted for John McCain in 2000 in the primary. Off with their head!


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7 responses to ““Good Americans” – The Plot Sickens

  1. Melissa McEwan

    Come on. Everyone knows brown women aren’t “good Americans.” Or at least we assume they’re not, because how could they be, what with the way we treat them and all… [/gop]

    South Valley College of Law and Pachinko Parlor – LMAO!!!

  2. Jaclyn

    The computer geek in me would like to point out that Ctrl-Alt-Del won’t do anything to the e-mail. 😉

    Otherwise, great article. These people seriously piss me off.

  3. …and teh republicans only really need to know how to use the DEL key…

  4. NMRon

    This guys are lawyers right? Why aren’t they being disbarred?

  5. Glazius

    When asked about the President’s position during tomorrow’s press conference, Tony Snow will deny that the Department of Justice has ever been connected to anyone named Schlozman.

    At this point I don’t think anything that comes out about this administration or its appointees would surprise me. And that’s sad.


  6. That would be Ctrl-A-Del
    which highlights all emails, and then deletes.
    Ctrl-Alt-Del just allows you to lock or turn off your computer, which is definitely approved practice on government computers.

  7. darms

    Guys, one thing that really annoys me about the Bush/Cheney junta is that they took away my decades long left wing radicalism – I find myself rereading the Constitution/Bill Of Rights far more often then I ever did pre-coup 2000. I am ready to add an American Flag to my “out of Iraq” & “no Iran war” stickers. Hell, indifferentist me (farther then atheism, I just don’t care), I even know the damned bible better then these christians do. Now I may not go around saying “free Mumia” (although IMHO he is likely not guilty) and I think Ramsey Clark is a well meaning nut, I would really like to return to being a pro-socialist left winger once again! Damn these bushies, I’m tired of having to take what I used to think were conservative positions…

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