August 11, 2004


Democrats Respond to Goss Nomination With Caution (Mike Allen and Walter Pincus, 8/11/04, Washington Post)

By picking a loyal GOP lawmaker to head the CIA, President Bush tried to reassert himself on an issue where he has been losing ground -- but did so at the cost of inviting Democratic accusations he is politicizing intelligence.

Aides had said six weeks ago that Bush was on the brink of naming Rep. Porter J. Goss of Florida to replace George J. Tenet, who left office a month ago today. Democratic senators, in unusually tough statements about a fellow lawmaker, warned that Goss would be an unacceptable choice because of what they described as his partisanship. Even some Republican senators said the confirmation battle would not be worth it.

Bush nominated him anyway.

Administration officials said the White House calculated that the president could not lose: Democrats would either cave when faced with a fight, or Bush could accuse them of obstructing CIA stability at a time when the nation is under threat of a terrorist attack.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2004 6:13 PM

The Dems want to start a fight on a nomination by claiming an appointment to CIA director of a man with CIA field experience is a political appointment? Three words: Bring it on!

Posted by: MarkD at August 11, 2004 6:41 PM

MarkD - agree. and "some Republican senators say the fight would not be worth it" more evidence of what a spineless group the Senate GOP is.

Posted by: AWW at August 11, 2004 11:40 PM

I believe that Bush 41 was Chairman of the Republican National Committee before he became Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Can't get more partisan than that. And how much intelligence experience did he have? zero?

Posted by: Bob at August 12, 2004 12:20 PM

George Tenet was a Democratic Senate staffer.

Posted by: oj at August 12, 2004 12:27 PM

George Tenet and Norman Mineta, the two Democratic holdovers prove to be the most incompetent members of the cabinet, more proof that the fruits of bi-partisanship are rotten indeed.

Posted by: MarkD at August 12, 2004 7:09 PM

Mineta's been fine.

Posted by: oj at August 12, 2004 7:12 PM