Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Then Riot Cops Lobbed a Tear Gas Grenade into Press Row to Cover His Exit 

Hmm. If he didn't know about Maggie Gallagher, we have to wonder why it took him until today to get on his high horse about Armstrong Williams?
President Bush ordered his Cabinet secretaries Wednesday not to pay media commentators to promote his legislative agenda, saying payments by the Education Department were improper and new leadership was now in place.

In his most direct criticism to date, Bush leveled blame at officials at the Education Department for paying conservative commentator Armstrong Williams $240,000 to tout his landmark education plan, "No Child Left Behind" . . . .

Senate Democrats Wednesday asked the Government Accountability Office to also investigate syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher, who had a nearly $22,000 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help promote Bush's initiative encouraging marriage.

Bush said, "We didn't know about this in the White House."

Asked what will happen to officials at the Education Department who made the decision to pay Williams, Bush said: "We've got new leadership going to the Department of Education."

"But all our Cabinet secretaries must realize that we will not be paying, you know, commentators to advance our agenda. Our agenda ought to be able to stand on its own two feet," Bush said.
We anticipate that another two or three deals will come to light, but by then, of course, they'll be Old News. Behind Us. Already Dealt With. Once the furor dies down the rest of the existing arrangements will stay in place, although payoffs will probably be made in pleasingly retro fashion -- a big wad of cash in a brown paper bag. (Thanks to Zemblan patriot J.M. for the link.)

UPDATE: It seems the absent-minded Ms. Gallagher also neglected to inform the Senate that her testimony on the Federal Marriage Amendment was bought and paid for.

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