July 02, 2004

An Insult To The President

Who knew that it was an insult to our high political establishment to hire Democrats? Fortunately, there's no law against it. Yet. From the 6/1 edition of Lou Dobbs Tonight, emphasis mine:

...The Motion Picture Association of America today announced its choice for a successor to its long-time president Jack Valenti. Former Clinton Administration, Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman will take on the role of chief lobbyist for the movie industry in Washington. Our Congressional correspondent Ed Henry on what he can expect on Capitol Hill.


ED HENRY, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): After nearly 40 years as Hollywood's man in Washington which made him a towering figure on both coasts, Jack Valenti is exiting the stage.

JACK VALENTI, OUTGOING MPAA PRESIDENT: I know it, a lot of you have been saying when is that old son of a (EXPLICIT DELETED) going to leave -- well, this is it. It's been a long ride. It's been a great ride. I've really never failed to wake up in the morning eager to be about my chores because I really love this movie business and all the people who work in it. HENRY: Valenti will now raise money for a non-profit that's fighting the AIDS crisis. He's turning over the motion picture industry to a fellow Democrat, former Agricultural Secretary Dan Glickman, and that has infuriated Republicans.

GROVER NORQUIST, CONSERVATIVE ACTIVIST: This is one of the most fool foolish decisions an industry has made to prior to this the election insult the president, insult Republican leadership of Congress.

HENRY: Conservatives recall that when Democrats dominated Washington, they scooped up the top lobbying jobs such as when Valenti left the Johnson White House in the mid '60s. Now that the GOP controls the White House and both chambers of Congress, Republicans believe they should get the spoils. The Motion Picture Association interviewed Democrats and Republicans. The job was first offered to Republican Congressman Billy Tauzin who turned it down. While the association eventually settled on a Democrat, Valenti said nobody should read into that.

VALENTI: This is not a partisan job. This is a nonpolitical job. This is an American job, because to preserve, protect and defend the American film here and around the world requires all members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

...HENRY: ...And a lot of Democrats think that it's unethical to put too much pressure on these associations on these business groups, to hire only Republican lobbyists. They do think that it's been unfair. But Republicans say they're not going overboard, just sending a signal they want to see more Republicans getting these top jobs because they want to work with their fellow Republicans. But we'll see what happens after the election, obviously, all that can change. ...

Just when you think that Republicans oppose hiring people based on background out of principle...

On California's Proposition 209, a ballot measure that eliminated the state's affirmative action policy: Affirmative action is "government racism" that is "particularly offensive to Jews and Asian Americans."
--The American Spectator [Grover Norquist]

...They go and prove that they just want to make sure there are enough jobs available to go to their own, personal FBI (Friends, Brothers, and In-laws). It's all about the spoils, the goods, the contracts, and the power. Principle, justice, and the rule of law don't even enter these people's minds.

Posted by natasha at July 2, 2004 07:56 AM | US Politics | Technorati links |

Sorta like Michael Leeden's daughter getting a job in occupying Iraq - clearly she was the most qualified of all possible candidates. Putting Repubs in charge is guarenteed to "improve" the output of the government - at least if you think the government is designed to help business and to give opportunites to your cronies.

Why are we not surprised?

Posted by: Mary at July 2, 2004 02:25 PM

having just heard Mr Glickman speak in Tokyo, let me just say, GO DAN! kick ass!

Posted by: Hubris Sonic at July 5, 2004 04:41 AM