Monday, October 17, 2005

The Next Rove 

How can we miss him if he won't go away? From U.S. News & World Report:
With Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove having just made his fourth appearance last week before the federal grand jury looking into the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame, some worried White House insiders are now talking about who might replace him if he becomes entangled in a criminal inquiry. Topping the list: lobbyist, former Republican Party chairman, and judicial shepherd Ed Gillespie . . . . Most insiders say they don't believe that Rove, whom Bush called the architect of his re-election strategy, will be indicted. That's the good news. The bad: Rove may be dragged more deeply into the case, further distracting a White House already beset by more than enough trouble. They said that Gillespie is the only Bush ally with the political seasoning and gravitas to take the job.
To which we can only answer: nonsense! If it's seasoning that Mr. Bush is looking for, why not go with White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford (photo, left)? Just listen to this mouthwatering endorsement from the first lady:
"I am delighted that Cris Comerford has accepted the position of White House Executive Chef," Mrs. Bush said. "Her passion for cooking can be tasted in every bite of her delicious creations."
Mmmmm . . . picante! And we'll bet she can whip up a succulent mess of eggies with the best of them.

If, on the other hand, gravitas is the measure of the man, you'd be hard-pressed to top White House tailor Georges de Paris (photo, right) -- assuming, of course, that the earlier rumors were incorrect, and he doesn't plan to hold out for the vice presidency.

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