Pat Robertson's Monica

April 19, 2007 by susan

Note: Due to an editing error, some of you couldn't open this entire post. It's been corrected, please try again. The Slate article is worth it.

by susan
I had heard snippets about Monica Goodling's evangelical fervor and her third rate academic credentials, but had no idea how bad it really was. Before resigning and pleading the fifth, Goodling, 33, was Alberto Gonzales' liason to the White House. Democrats have postponed a vote on granting her immunity in exchange for her testimony until next week. May the caged bird sing. More.

Meanwhile, I missed this when it was on Slate. Has any other administration in history appointed such underqualified, inexperienced and bone-headed people to key posts?

How Pat Robertson's law school is changing America
By Dahlia Lithwick
Posted Saturday, April 7, 2007

Goodling is only one of 150 graduates of Regent University [founded by televangelist Pat Robertson] currently serving in this administration, as Regent's Web site proclaims proudly, a huge number for a 29-year-old school. Regent estimates that "approximately one out of every six Regent alumni is employed in some form of government work." And that's precisely what its founder desired. The school's motto is "Christian Leadership To Change the World," and the world seems to be changing apace...

Read the entire scary story, if you dare.

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Poet (not verified) | April 19, 2007 - 1:24am

Ashcroft covered the breasts of the Spirit of Justice statue?!! What kind of a sicko is this guy?

The whole idea of the bared breasts as I always understood them was that justice (the balance scales she has in her hand) should also be tempered with mercy(the bared breasts).

Better that they should just make the place off limits to purient minds than to deface such a beautiful expression of art and wise government policy.

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barbara aka babs (not verified) | April 19, 2007 - 8:02am

A theocon's theocon. In addition to his morning prayer breakfasts, Ashcroft wrote, sang and taught his own, ummm, songs. Here's a link to what is arguably his most famous offering. Let the Eagle Soar.

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susan | April 19, 2007 - 8:04am

He covered them almost the day he arrived, with a blue drape. I thought the bared breasts were also to show that she was pure, above prurient thoughts. But apparently not above Ashcroft's. Well, Ashcroft's gone. 641 days, 14 hours, 56 minutes until the rest of them go. Although maybe considerably less for Alberto, who's big day is today.
But don't get me started on the Supreme Court . . .

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Perhansa (not verified) | April 19, 2007 - 9:34am

I'm starting to feel a bit crazy here...each spring when I shift firewood from outdoors to the garage to restock for the next winter, every other log I turn over I find a pile of mouse crap and nesting from the winter. This administration seems to have left nesting and crap under nearly every log we get opportunity to turn over. It almost seems to be the strategy (except we know they have a feverish aversion to strategy)-- set off so many IED's (Inane, egregious, defilements-of-governance), that we'll spend all our time running from scandal to stupidity to hubris to incompetence to disingenuousness to flat out lies trying to track them all down and clean up the crap and the nest and never get anything else done. They seem to have taken a page out of the insurgents handbook. How to frustrate and make impotent an otherwise educated, insightful, empowered and caring force of people. I don't think the public is totally stupid nor unaware. We are being shocked and awed by an overwhelming display of utterly unbelievable hubris, cronyism, ideology, and immoral political gluttony that goes beyond our capacity to fathom. These people are like alcoholics, they lie and use people and lay blame at everyone's feet but their own and leave you feeling like you're the one who is crazy. I'm going to try to start seeing this Administration through the "addiction" model and see if I can crack the nut for myslef and stop feeling crazy!

I won't even get started on John Ashheap and the bare boobs. As an artist I know all about that racket...the ones who object the loudest are the ones secretly stroking those bare marble boobs after dark while they play with themselves. Nuf said.

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