George Bush loved tough guys, like Dirty Harry and Richard Carmona, his swashbuckling surgeon general. He almost put Bernard Kerik in charge of Homeland Security. Wouldn’t we feel secure then?
Unfortunately there was a nanny problem, a minor oversight about immigration status. Then there were other problems, and Kerik was out on bail fighting conspiracy and fraud charges. He just got his bail revoked…
Before revoking the bail of Mr. Kerik, Judge Robinson described him as a “toxic combination of self-minded focus and arrogance, and I fear that combination leads him to believe his ends justify his means.”
“He sees the court’s rulings as an inconvenience,” Judge Robinson said, “something to be ignored, and an obstacle to be circumvented.”
He might have been another J.Edgar Hoover. Security level florescent orange, security level panic green, security level psychedelic. Close the borders and send those nannies home.
George W. loved tough guys, especially if they were team players who knew how to go with the program.