Well, if the all-powerful General Services Administration is focusing their bureaucratic might on getting Republicans elected, Democrats have oh-so-much to fear!
If we allow this devious political tactic to stand, next the Federal Maritime Commission will get in on this and we Dems will be screwed!
(But seriously, it is a concerning allegation and should be investigated. But I can’t help but offer a few snide comments, wondering what the conversation was like. I can imagine the GSA Administrator saying, “We need to help out these Republican candidates! I’m going to organize a big fundraiser for them right after they fill out a copy of form 657-G in triplicate and have it notarized and filed in person during our office hours from 1pm to 3:15 pm on alternate Thursdays.”)
Having dealt with the GSA, that sounds about right.
After the U.S. Attorney purges, the only thing that would surprise me anymore in the way of the Bushies politicizing Cabinet departments is if they sent in the National Guard into Dem areas of swing states on Election Day to shut down the polls.
But precisely because something like this (the GSA thing, not the hypothetical military intervention) isn’t remotely a surprise anymore, perhaps it’s time to start building the case for impeachment.
By itself, of course, there’s not much the GSA can do to affect elections. The disturbing thing is that, taken with the attorney-purge scandal and various other things, it points to a pattern. (One apparent motive for the attorney purge was to facilitate suppressing Dem votes in 11 key states in 2008.)
Obviously it would be unreasonable to expect any administration to do nothing to help its party win elections. The president always goes around the country at election time and stumps for his party’s candidates – at the taxpayers’ expense. That’s routine and not even controversial. The question is, how far can that properly be taken? I think the Bush Admin seems to have broken new ground here.
Here’s another article about how the Bush Admin has been politicizing all branches of the federal government, undermining professionals and career civil servants, and replacing them with biddable loyalists.