On this, the day of the 58th annual Shad Planking down in Wakefield, Virginia, I find myself sitting at home, bored out of my wits.
I wish I could make it down, but tennis practice just wouldn't permit it.
So while everyone else is warring with their 4x8 signs and enjoying their roasted shad, I find myself charged to keep up with the big national stories of the day. Scott McClellan, White House press secretary, has resigned his post. To be quite honest, I always kind of liked McClellan. He did about as well as can be expected for a man who was constantly bombarded with questions relating to the poor conduct and bad policy devised by his superiors. It was almost hard not to feel sorry for him. As he fielded question after question about press leaks, wiretaps, faulty intelligence, poor disaster management, secret CIA prisons, etc. etc., it became painfully obvious that he was a man under enormous stress. Imagine going into work and having an entire corps of people asking you accusatory, pointed questions about things you have no control over. It would get rough. I'm not saying that McClellan didn't believe what he was telling the media, but he was, in effect, the messenger.
And he just kept getting shot from every possible angle.
The second White House resignation of the day creates a bit more complex of a situation. Karl Rove, while staying on as Deputy Chief of Staff, resigned as policy coordinator to focus on his main duty for the 2006 midterm elections:
Finding a way to slander and discredit Democrats all over the country and keep them from gaining control of the House and/or Senate.
My question is this...
If the Deputy Chief of Staff's salary is paid for with tax dollars, why is it right that Karl Rove can keep that position solely as a political strategist? Shouldn't he be paid from campaign treasuries, PAC's, or the Republican Party as a civilian consultant? If Rove stays on the taxpayer's payroll, at least half of America is forced to pay for something they didn't vote for. Besides, a vote for Bush doesn't nessicarily constitute a vote for all Republican Candidates...
Rove will obviously be breaking the Hatch Act by campaigning from his government office. How can he not, if that's his sole job?
I hope everyone gets used to their shad, because when they get home, they'll realize that something fishy is going on in the White House as well.