Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Deutsch Bagged 

And yes, we know the story has been widely covered elsewhere, but we already had the pun:
George C. Deutsch, the young presidential appointee at NASA who told public affairs workers to limit reporters' access to a top climate scientist and told a Web designer to add the word "theory" at every mention of the Big Bang, resigned yesterday, agency officials said.

Mr. Deutsch's resignation came on the same day that officials at Texas A&M University confirmed that he did not graduate from there, as his résumé on file at the agency asserted . . . .

Mr. Deutsch's educational record was first challenged on Monday by Nick Anthis, who graduated from Texas A&M last year with a biochemistry degree and has been writing a Web log on science policy,
Credit Mr. Anthis, humble citizen-blogger, with yet another scoop the implacable bloodhounds of the fourth estate somehow managed to miss.

The fact that Mr. Deutsch turned out to be a lying, resume-padding college dropout should not be allowed to overshadow his many admirable traits; as an unqualified, inexperienced, pig-ignorant, overweeningly bumptious Christer who happened to have worked on the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign team, he was otherwise ideally suited for the job of telling rocket scientists how to do rocket science. Luckily, the administration takes care of its own, and Mr. Deutsch's sponsors are already shopping, on his behalf, for a new sinecure: sources tell us he could be named deputy director of FEMA as early as next week.

If that doesn't work out, he may just have to wait until a FISA judgeship opens up.

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