“When the president traveled the country this week, it was Ridge who was out there with him, touting the program and the department,” says a White House political operative. “The president isn’t going to be rushed into a decision, but it’s pretty clear to a lot of people that Ridge is the man barring a major screwup on his part.”
Apparently, though, even Ridge isn’t so sure about his standing. Another White House staffer says there was grumbling out of Ridge’s office that Bush wasn’t more definitive in his address that Ridge was in fact going to be SecHomeSec. “You can’t make everyone happy, but there were basic logistics reasons, Washington reasons why Ridge couldn’t be nominated,” says a White House legislative liaison. “The president couldn’t nominate someone to a position that doesn’t exist, to a department that doesn’t exist. I’d expect that once the legislation creating the department is passed by Congress, you’ll see the nomination up there the next day and it will be Ridge.”p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?