President Bush said Monday that “If someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration,” prompting many to report that Bush had raised the bar for firing anyone involved in the Valerie Plame controversy.
But Bush had already established this (pitifully low) standard: In September 2003, he said, “If there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is and if the person has violated the law, the person will be taken care of” (emphasis added).
For Bush, apparently, ethics is about whether you get caught breaking the law, not about standards of right or wrong. Let the message go forth: Convicted felons need not apply at the White House.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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