Tuesday, July 29, 2008

DOJ hiring practices: The riddle solved

I'm probably not the first person you'd expect to suggest this, but perhaps we haven't been entirely fair to Monica Goodling, Regent University graduate and former White House liaison to the Justice Department.

Yes, her critics insist that Goodling was heavily--and inappropriately, probably illegally--involved in screening DOJ applicants. And it's true that she provided a list of interview questions for future hirings that included such items as:

[W]hat is it about George W. Bush that makes you want to serve him?

But you can't really judge a question like that out of its context. As it turns out, Goodling wasn't trying to conduct an ideological purge of the Justice Department, doing damage to law enforcement in America that would take years to repair. She was simply researching recipes:

It would certainly solve the embarrassing "When to have Bush speak at the convention?" problem for the GOP.

And if that works, expect a joint C-SPAN/Food Network project: "Who Wants to Have the Vice President for Dinner?"

(Grateful hat tip to the eagle-eyed Doctor Beyond.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir: As a former member of the Executive Branch, I abhor the implication that the Department of Justice is a haven for cannibalism. It is well known that we now have the problem relatively under control, and that it is the Federal Judiciary who now suffer the largest casualties in this area. And what do you think the Clintons served at their inaugurals. Pig's knuckles? Yours etc. John David Ashcroft in a white wine sauce with shallots, mushrooms and garlic.