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May 16, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

TAKE YOUR PICK....Is this good news or bad news?

The World Bank's executive board has dismissed a [compromise] proposal floated by the Bush administration aimed at delivering the resignation of the institution's embattled president, Paul D. Wolfowitz, according to senior officials at the bank.

Wolfowitz, meanwhile, was negotiating an agreement to resign, the Associated Press reported, quoting an official familiar with the talks. The deal would include an acknowledgment by the World Bank that Wolfowitz does not bear sole responsibility for a controversy surrounding a generous pay package for his girlfriend, AP reported.

Good news: it looks like Wolfowitz is toast. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Bad news: Can you imagine who Bush is going to nominate as a "screw you" replacement? Doug Feith? Rick Santorum? Monica Goodling?

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Bernie Kerik

Posted by: HeavyJ on May 16, 2007 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Alberto Gonzalez

Posted by: SP on May 16, 2007 at 4:58 PM | PERMALINK

This position calls for someone in the Bush family with unparalelled experience in banking and international affairs. Therefore, I nominate Neil Bush.

Posted by: ArkPanda on May 16, 2007 at 4:59 PM | PERMALINK

More importantly, will Bush wait for a congressional recess to make the appointment?

Posted by: phleabo on May 16, 2007 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

Charles Keating!
Jeffry Skilling!
Gordon Gekko!
The ghost of Ayn Rand!

Posted by: cleek on May 16, 2007 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

Is Jerry Falwell available?

Posted by: Old Hat on May 16, 2007 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

I love how Wolfowitz plays the "I might be a scumbag, but I'm not the only scumbag here!" card. These guys are beneath contempt.

Harriet Miers is a real nice girl. She'd make a fine World Bank prez.

Posted by: shortstop on May 16, 2007 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

As I believe Kevin noted in the past (though I can't find it right now), the Bush administration excels in finding things that we all assumed were the rules of the game, but that turn out to be simply traditions, and proceeds to disregard the tradition and do what it wants.

It is only tradition that allows the US president to name the head of the World Bank. The rest of the world is under no obligation to accept another neocon ideologue.

Posted by: Joe Buck on May 16, 2007 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

John Bolton!

Posted by: bcinaz on May 16, 2007 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

ArkPanda nails it!

(and gets extra pts for the "intl affairs" double entendre)

Posted by: Disputo on May 16, 2007 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

Barney! who else?

Posted by: thersites on May 16, 2007 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

Let's not forget the rather obvious: RUMMY! I hear he's got a lot of free time.

Posted by: Otto on May 16, 2007 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

I think it's not certain the Bush will get to nominate the next president. They said here on BBC that that was part of a deal offered last week, that if he resigned the U.S. could then nominate the replacement, which normally they wouldn't be able to do.

That didn't sound like a good deal to me.

Posted by: KathyF on May 16, 2007 at 5:13 PM | PERMALINK

Duh... Donald Rumsfeld

Posted by: Model 62 on May 16, 2007 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

How about a ghost worker at $250k? Ronald Reagan.

Posted by: Peter Baldwin on May 16, 2007 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

Phil Spector!

Posted by: ursus on May 16, 2007 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

According to the WaPo article, even if (when) Wolfie is fired for cause, he will still get a $375k golden parachute. In essence, a one year vacation.

Damnit, but don't these neocon criminals profit even when they are defeated!

Posted by: Disputo on May 16, 2007 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

It's obvious that George W. Bush will not rest until he has completely alienated our allies in Europe, and has provoked the eviction of our armed forces from Western Europe and has overseen the dissolution of NATO.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on May 16, 2007 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

Forget Neil Bush. Think big: Pierce Mallon Bush (Niel's son).

http://wonkette.com/politics/pierce-bush/douchebag-of-the-day-pierce-bush-160204.php

Posted by: Otto on May 16, 2007 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

Forget Neil Bush. Think big: Pierce Mallon Bush (Neil's son).

http://wonkette.com/politics/pierce-bush/douchebag-of-the-day-pierce-bush-160204.php

Posted by: Otto on May 16, 2007 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

Donald from Hawaii gives me an idea. Perhaps our own rdw is up for the job?

Posted by: shortstop on May 16, 2007 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

Well, seeing as Rove did such a bang up job when he was in charge of the recovery for the Gulf states...

Yeah, remember that?

Posted by: chaunceyatrest on May 16, 2007 at 5:25 PM | PERMALINK

"Forget Neil Bush. Think big: Pierce Mallon Bush (Niel's son)."

Sorry. Folks with three last names need not apply.

Posted by: chaunceyatrest on May 16, 2007 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

Why not nominate himself? I hear W's always wanted to travel. Besides, how much damage could he do to the World Bank?

Posted by: Fred on May 16, 2007 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

Scooter Libby. Pardon and a promotion...

Posted by: moderleft on May 16, 2007 at 5:33 PM | PERMALINK

Sammy Sosa and an appointee to be named later.

Posted by: Quaker in a Basement on May 16, 2007 at 5:37 PM | PERMALINK

The politician with little pull at home will find himself with even less pull abroad.

Posted by: Carl Nyberg on May 16, 2007 at 5:38 PM | PERMALINK

Besides copping to being one of the most caustic posters here, I'll also admit that I don't understand the nominating process for the head of the World Bank (and I don't have time here at work to look it up).

From what I understand, we always have had the privilege of naming the head of the bank because we are the largest contributor. However, is this a written rule in the charter as well? If not, I don't understand, if it's only "tradition," why the other member states didn't tell Bush to shove Wolfie to begin with? Most of the free and not so free world was really pissed at us for our mostly unilateral invasion of Iraq. So why did they approve the primary architect of this crime to head the bank?

Posted by: JeffII on May 16, 2007 at 5:38 PM | PERMALINK

Did we leave Brownie off the list??
"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job"

Posted by: Otto on May 16, 2007 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

From what I understand, we always have had the privilege of naming the head of the bank because we are the largest contributor. However, is this a written rule in the charter as well?

It's tradition, linked to a reciprocal agreement at the IMF, where Europe (+Japan) nominate and the US confirms.

So why did they approve the primary architect of this crime to head the bank?

You're talking about conservative bankers, insulated from public opinion in their respective countries.

Posted by: Disputo on May 16, 2007 at 5:45 PM | PERMALINK

Lemme see:

There's Gonzo, who will need a golden parachute.

There's Rummy, but he could get arrested abroad on war crimes, so he would decline.

Scooter would deny he'd been offered the job.

Seriously, if Bush wanted to nominate a consummate insider with brains, tho he's getting long in the tooth, perhaps: James Baker.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on May 16, 2007 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

Disputo: You're talking about conservative bankers, insulated from public opinion in their respective countries.

That's true, but it was heartening to read about so many of them hissing, "Resign!" when Wolfie tried his "mea minima culpa" presentation to them several weeks ago.

It wil be interesting to see how much resistance Bush gets this time around.

Posted by: shortstop on May 16, 2007 at 5:57 PM | PERMALINK

What's this? Al hasn't already been here to assert that W would only nominate a completely qualified and moral individual to the post, just as he has done for all his appointments??

Hmmm. Maybe that one would be a bit too much even for Al.

Posted by: nightshift66 on May 16, 2007 at 5:58 PM | PERMALINK

Someone with sufficient corporate malfeasance, I'm sure. Or, a disgraced evangelical?

Posted by: consider wisely always on May 16, 2007 at 6:00 PM | PERMALINK

Ken Lay.

Posted by: Plotinus on May 16, 2007 at 6:03 PM | PERMALINK

How about Mr. Irrational Exuberance? Though supposedly retired, I'm sure he misses the limelight and the opportunity to spin like a top as political expediency dictates, and I'm sure the Mrs. would love the opportunity for additional foreign travel.

Posted by: JeffII on May 16, 2007 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

Too bad 'Kenny Boy' Lay isn't around. How about Dennis Kozlowski, after receiving a presidential pardon, of course.

Posted by: Brojo on May 16, 2007 at 6:07 PM | PERMALINK

Who cares who he nominates to replace Wolfowitz, as long as the guy's gone?

What's interesting about the whole thing is how Bush stubbornly fought to keep the guy in place when it was obvious he had to go as soon as the scandal broke. It's a theme with Bush: his first instinct when challenged is to say "Fuck you" as loudly and obnoxiously to as many people as possible. Gonzales, Wolfowitz, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove -- the list of corrupt and/or incompetent people Bush has kept around for no reason that invloved the good of the nation is long. We don't have a president, we have a passive-aggressive child holding his breath until the nation's face turns blue. People say it's "stubbornness" as criticism, or it's "loyalty" or "toughness" if they are friendly to Bush, but that's not it at all. This guy has psychological problems, and Wolfowitz is a symptom.

Posted by: Martin Gale on May 16, 2007 at 6:08 PM | PERMALINK

Ben Stein.

Posted by: cld on May 16, 2007 at 6:09 PM | PERMALINK

Michael Brown?

Posted by: luther on May 16, 2007 at 6:10 PM | PERMALINK

Katherine Harris

Posted by: Lux on May 16, 2007 at 6:17 PM | PERMALINK

Seriously? Tony Blair.

Posted by: Alexei McDonald on May 16, 2007 at 6:24 PM | PERMALINK

"I got it. Man-Thing. Ain't that a real guy? Karl, get me Man-Thing."

Posted by: cld on May 16, 2007 at 6:27 PM | PERMALINK

Jeb isn't doing anything.

Posted by: Tigershark on May 16, 2007 at 6:30 PM | PERMALINK

It seems the Europeans are thinking it's time to do away with that tradition of the USA nominating the World Bank President. I doubt Bush will accept that..

My bet is on John Bolton. Put me down for $10

Posted by: Michele on May 16, 2007 at 6:34 PM | PERMALINK

Tony Blair?

I wish.

Posted by: MatthewRmarler on May 16, 2007 at 6:38 PM | PERMALINK

What I find most hilarious is that Wolfie (and the WH) stubbornly rejected every plea offer that was proposed by the WB at the beginning of the scandal, but now that effectively the jury has brought back a guilty verdict with the release of the report, all of a sudden they want to negotiate.

Our country is run by two-year olds.

Posted by: Disputo on May 16, 2007 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

The World Bank is just a puppet of governments, and its president is just the head waiter to those governments. Wolfowicz was grossly over-qualifed for the job. It doesn't take a genius, just someone who can follow directions. I think a former military commander would make a fine choice.

Posted by: Al on May 16, 2007 at 6:47 PM | PERMALINK

Convicted Felon John Poindexter

Posted by: osama_been_forgotten on May 16, 2007 at 6:49 PM | PERMALINK

Al, I guess that disqualifies all conservatives as they don't seem to enjoy military service.

Posted by: Michele on May 16, 2007 at 6:50 PM | PERMALINK

What's with all the double posts today?

Posted by: Disputo on May 16, 2007 at 6:54 PM | PERMALINK

My prediction is that w will make two recess appointments next week; wolfie for AG and gonzo for the World Bank.

Posted by: Ray Rl on May 16, 2007 at 6:59 PM | PERMALINK

... It's a theme with Bush: his first instinct when challenged is to say "Fuck you" as loudly and obnoxiously to as many people as possible....
Posted by: Martin Gale on May 16, 2007 at 6:08 PM | PERMALINK

This has been the Rove-a-dope strategy all along. Keep fighting tooth-and-nail on every little "scandal" that comes along, burn news cycles in covering the fighting, let the conservative pundocracy call the liberals "shrill", (or traitors for trying to undermine the president during wartime) - and distract from the REAL issues, while this war-profiteering administration continues to rob our treasury blind for their fake "war on terror".

Posted by: osama_been_forgotten on May 16, 2007 at 7:03 PM | PERMALINK

Let's make a deal! I'll resign if you'll all pretend there's no basis for me to do so.

Posted by: Lionel Hutz, attorney-at-law on May 16, 2007 at 7:06 PM | PERMALINK

Terry Schaivo.

Posted by: angryspittle on May 16, 2007 at 7:14 PM | PERMALINK

Oops. Now wolfie says he's not resigning:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070516/pl_nm/worldbank_wolfowitz_lawyer_dc_1;_ylt=As0iAZ8QG7pzXrlonEqTWs8E1vAI

Posted by: osama_been_forgotten on May 16, 2007 at 7:16 PM | PERMALINK

Harvey Pitt

Posted by: Brittain33 on May 16, 2007 at 7:39 PM | PERMALINK

Achmed Chalabi.

Posted by: Tilli (Mojave Desert) on May 16, 2007 at 7:48 PM | PERMALINK

Bad news: Can you imagine who Bush is going to nominate as a "screw you" replacement?

Word is that the banks boardmembers have told Bush that he MUST nominate someone who is well respected in the world - no more loyal Bushie incompetence, no more of Bushie's crony friends.

AND World Bank should let Wolfowitz leave under his self-made cloud, what choice does he really have, besides, Wolfowitz certainly didn't mind his smear campaign of Hans Blix, and this administration was all about smear campaigns with people it didn't like. Since Wolfowitz sowed smear campaigns, why not let Wolfowitz reap what he sowed?

Posted by: Me_again on May 16, 2007 at 7:58 PM | PERMALINK

Word is that the banks boardmembers have told Bush that he MUST nominate someone who is well respected in the world - no more loyal Bushie incompetence, no more of Bushie's crony friends.

LMAO. Right. I doubt that GWB knows who, say, someone like George Mitchell is, much less would nominate them.

Posted by: Disputo on May 16, 2007 at 8:17 PM | PERMALINK

Okay, the funniest nom was definitely Alberto Gonzalez! It's kind like killing a hundred birds with one stone--a defining image for this presidency.

I nominate "Killer" Al, since it only involves taking orders.

Posted by: Kenji on May 16, 2007 at 8:20 PM | PERMALINK

Oops. Now wolfie says he's not resigning:

Big deal. Does Wolfie really think that he can win a game of chicken with the WB board? GWB is willing leave quite a wide path of destruction in the service of his own ego, but I don't see him going so far as to pull the US out of the WB just to protect Wolfie's ego.

Wolfie missed his opportunity to resign quietly. Now he can be fired in disgrace.

Posted by: Disputo on May 16, 2007 at 8:22 PM | PERMALINK

Like Berto, Bush thought Wolfowitz was fire proof exactly because of the who-will-he-nominate-next? argument. Except unlike the US government the US's World Bank hegemony is based on less secure ground than Bush's position on the American political scene.

I know Bush doesn't give a shit but when/if he puts up a Boltonesque nominee and the international community tells him to go fuck himself and select someone else entirely, he will have materially and historically weakened the United States.

Posted by: paul on May 16, 2007 at 8:26 PM | PERMALINK

H'mm. What's Paul Bremer doing these days?

Posted by: CaseyL on May 16, 2007 at 8:28 PM | PERMALINK

A small patch of brown liquid, possibly creosote.

Posted by: calling all toasters on May 16, 2007 at 8:45 PM | PERMALINK

the deal will fall through, and, with a smile playing around their lips, the enemies of all we hold dear will appoint George Soros.

Then they'll all rush home to watch the O'Reilly Report.

Posted by: pbg on May 16, 2007 at 9:05 PM | PERMALINK

My guess would be Rummy or Brownie!

Posted by: cleve on May 16, 2007 at 9:12 PM | PERMALINK

It's simple. Wolfowitz's girlfriend.

But only if there is a big pay raise coming.

Posted by: B on May 16, 2007 at 9:47 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, Kevin.

I hope you guys are satisfied.

Mr. Wolfowitz was a hard, smart worker, and was tirelessly working to clean up corruption at the world bank.

But of course, politics is more important to you folks, isn't it?

Posted by: egbert on May 16, 2007 at 9:55 PM | PERMALINK

I hereby nominate well known banker guy, Satan.

GW Boosh

Posted by: GWBoosh on May 16, 2007 at 10:13 PM | PERMALINK

Kyle Sampson is a good bet. Or maybe Chuck Norris or the Video Professor guy? That cat gives you your money back if you're not completely fucking satisfied with his product, so you know, he knows money and stuff.

Posted by: The Lucky Sea Men on May 16, 2007 at 10:19 PM | PERMALINK

Forget Rummy...

He is writing a book:

The Tiger in the Eye of the Storm...
(or something like that)

Like the name says:

Posted by: ROTFLMLiberalAO on May 16, 2007 at 10:19 PM | PERMALINK

Jeb Bush

The GOP's reptilian assault on common sense continues unabated.

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on May 16, 2007 at 10:29 PM | PERMALINK

Besides that, the asshole is unemployed.

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on May 16, 2007 at 10:31 PM | PERMALINK

No, the new head will be Ahmed Chalabi, who knows a thing or two about banks (see Jordan, 1970's).

Bonus snark:

Egbert and T. Herman Zweibel - separated at birth?

Posted by: lampwick on May 16, 2007 at 10:34 PM | PERMALINK

Can you imagine who Bush is going to nominate as a "screw you" replacement?

My money's on either the Grinch or Scrooge McDuck...until someone tells Bush they're not real people.

That won't stop him from defending the huge pay raise that Scrooge's Pet Goat received as perfectly legitimate, however.

Posted by: trex on May 16, 2007 at 10:47 PM | PERMALINK

egbert: "Mr. Wolfowitz was a hard, smart worker, and was tirelessly working to clean up corruption at the world bank."

Christ, but you're pathetic.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on May 16, 2007 at 10:59 PM | PERMALINK

Let me guess: someone who will wield the World Bank as a cudgel to protect the rich and powerful from the rest of us.

Posted by: Boronx on May 16, 2007 at 11:06 PM | PERMALINK

Miers is as good a guess as any I've heard.

Whichever empty space it ends up being, get ready for the bizarre episode of watching conservatives guffaw at how the new person will just piss off liberals. Cuz hey, who needs good government when you can piss off a few of those liberals? It really is all the Republican Party stands for anymore.

Donald from Hawaii gives me an idea. Perhaps our own rdw is up for the job?

Does he still post here even? I don't know that he'd be up for the job anyway. Sources on the horse farm tell me that the recent publication of the Reagan diaries and a bottle of hand lotion are keeping him occupied till well into Chelsea Clinton's second administration.

Posted by: sweaty guy on May 16, 2007 at 11:19 PM | PERMALINK

I got hurt today.

I was breaking a bolt, lying under an old car and listening to MPR, when I heard that Wolfowitz was negotiating for not being an asshole or a terrible bank president. He wanted to negotiate leaving the bank as being a wonderful president and having joint responsibilty with the board for breaking bank rules.

I laughed so hard, I broke the bolt and slammed my elbow into the weld-edge of the suspension.

I didn't even swear. I couldn't believe what I had heard.

Wolfowitz is a complete arse. His dosconnect from reality is the same as Bush. Only his written honor, even if unwarranted, not actual performance matters. I scream for such dishonor to the US! These guys have no idea!!!!

Half an hour later I listened about the appointment of Lt.Gen. Lute (3 stars over 4 stars!!!) (I can't believe that KD has had no comment since we heard yesterday) and put down the wrench as I laughed just as hard.

This administration has gone beyond a joke to tragic incompetence. Or is it from tragic incompetence to complete joke? I can't tell.

Posted by: notthere on May 16, 2007 at 11:47 PM | PERMALINK

It's an incompetent joke.

Posted by: Kenji on May 17, 2007 at 12:11 AM | PERMALINK

Half an hour later I listened about the appointment of Lt.Gen. Lute (3 stars over 4 stars!!!) (I can't believe that KD has had no comment since we heard yesterday) and put down the wrench as I laughed just as hard.

It's important to note that they could not find a retired general to take the job. They had to go with someone they could order to do it.

Posted by: Disputo on May 17, 2007 at 12:16 AM | PERMALINK

jeb bush wouldn't take the job. he's too busy making money by twiddling his thumbs:
http://www.pbbusiness.com/bush5-16.html

Posted by: mudwall jackson on May 17, 2007 at 12:25 AM | PERMALINK

A tragicaly complete joke of incompetence?
A completely incompetent tragic joke?
A jokingly completely incompetent joke.
I still can't tell.

But, Kenji, thank you for pointing out the humor and irony. I am far too serious and angry. Even now.

Posted by: notthere on May 17, 2007 at 12:27 AM | PERMALINK

Disputo, I don't know where they started, but we know they spoke to retired generals. Then they worked down through the serving full generals, the major-Gs, and had to find a compliant Lieutenant General to fill the spot. He has to feel already isolated as he knows he took the post under "their" limitaions and conditions, and that so many ahead of him turned it down.

Yeah. He's got credibility right now!!

And the fact they even went to the retireds tells me they already know the mood among the regular General Staff!

They and we and, most certainly, the troops are so f----ed!

Posted by: notthere on May 17, 2007 at 12:37 AM | PERMALINK

notthere - you mention LtG Lute. I have been doing a bit of digging about the man, and can't believe that this cabal picked him. He appears to make too much sense. I believe his wife even works for the U.N. - that ought to really get the foam-flecked spittle a-flyin' from wingnut maws. I posted about him yesterday.

If we were on myspace I would put up a cautiously optimistic emoticon...

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka G.C.) on May 17, 2007 at 12:48 AM | PERMALINK

Tom DeLay. To carry on Wolfowitz's anti-corruption campaign.

Posted by: N.Wells on May 17, 2007 at 1:15 AM | PERMALINK

Can you imagine who Bush is going to nominate as a "screw you" replacement?

Yeah, it's been quite a ride, the Bush tenure, as its ruling principle has moved from arrogance to stubbornness to spite.

Posted by: frankly0 on May 17, 2007 at 1:16 AM | PERMALINK

I have a great idea. Maybe the Commander Guy will nominate Al or Egbert. Wolfie will look competent by comparison.

Posted by: Joe Klein's conscience on May 17, 2007 at 1:37 AM | PERMALINK

How about the guy who went to Iraq at 24 to oversee the formation of the Baghdad stock exchange? He's a mature 27 or so now, and he has the kind of experience a Bush nominee should have.
It's him or Jonah Goldberg, you know it.

Posted by: Marky on May 17, 2007 at 1:40 AM | PERMALINK

Bush's pathologies won't allow him to pick a successor who is respected around the world. No, to Bush cooperation means that he sacrifice his own wishes. His ego is too fragile to deal with the resulting conflict. No, not gonna happen.

I like the Harriet Miers suggestion.

Posted by: jcricket on May 17, 2007 at 1:46 AM | PERMALINK

How come we never hear anything about his girlfriend (quote marks around girlfriend are up to you)?

Who is she? What's she like? Has she got Wolfowitz by the balls? Next job?

Posted by: skeg on May 17, 2007 at 2:20 AM | PERMALINK

Skeg -- right on. Haven't heard a thing either.

But worth risking your reputation, I guess.

Posted by: notthere on May 17, 2007 at 3:44 AM | PERMALINK

The TV crawls have been showing "Don't call me War Czar". How about Shirley?

Posted by: R.L. on May 17, 2007 at 3:50 AM | PERMALINK

egbert: "Mr. Wolfowitz was a hard, smart worker, and was tirelessly working to clean up corruption at the world bank."

Yeah! and, like, the first logical step was to consolidate all that corruption within the office of the Bank Presidency, so it could then be contained and controlled, and finally "drowned in a bathtub" (or whatever violent metaphor conservatives use to mean "destroying a once-functional institution").

Pull the other one, Egbert.

Posted by: Lionel Hutz, attorney-at-law on May 17, 2007 at 5:19 AM | PERMALINK

How about Neil Bush? He has banking experience.

Posted by: Nancy Irving on May 17, 2007 at 5:22 AM | PERMALINK

Who is she? What's she like? Has she got Wolfowitz by the balls? Next job?

Posted by: 糖尿病 on May 17, 2007 at 6:34 AM | PERMALINK

I'd have to base a guess on the fact that Bush apparently only knows about 20 people, and almost all of them have already had to run in disgrace from the public stage. There are so few of these mental jokes left to recycle.

I'd have to go with Karen Hughes.

Posted by: joanbeach4 on May 17, 2007 at 6:38 AM | PERMALINK

I'd have to base a guess on the fact that Bush apparently only knows about 20 people, and almost all of them have already had to run in disgrace from the public stage. There are so few of these mental jokes left to recycle.

I'd have to go with Karen Hughes.

Posted by: joanbeach4 on May 17, 2007 at 6:39 AM | PERMALINK

This wholw thing, like much of what's going on in DC these days, just gives me a headache. Maybe it's the result of some deliberate strategy to undermine morale.

Posted by: jerry on May 17, 2007 at 7:09 AM | PERMALINK

For my part, I couldn't think of a better "screw you" candidate than the inimitable Richard Perle.

Orwell, you're definitely in the running for the Most Banal and Tired Humor Award. And just the guy to bring out at a party when you want everyone to scurry on home.

Posted by: snicker-snack on May 17, 2007 at 7:21 AM | PERMALINK

Course, there's always the course suggested by ex-liberal and like-minded individuals such as Hugo Chavez, just be done with the institution.

Posted by: snicker-snack on May 17, 2007 at 7:42 AM | PERMALINK

Paul Bremer and a fresh Medal of Freedom for Wolfy

Posted by: bill on May 17, 2007 at 7:50 AM | PERMALINK

If only someone would introduce President Bush to Jack Abramoff. I understand he does magical things with money. He may be a little tied up now, but when the president calls....

Posted by: monoglot on May 17, 2007 at 8:35 AM | PERMALINK

If only someone would introduce President Bush to Jack Abramoff. I understand he does magical things with money. He may be a little tied up now, but when the president calls....

Posted by: monoglot on May 17, 2007 at 8:35 AM | PERMALINK

Never, in American history, has an administration so diminished the prestige of the United States. The high-handed tactics of the Bush administration have only quickened the relative decline of American influence in the world. The turn against Wolfowitz is yet another vote of no confidence in the Bush administration’s leadership. From Katrina to the Middle East to the United Nations and the World Bank these people have been the very model of failed leadership. And like all incompetent thugs on the make they have simply blamed their perceived political opponents, at home and abroad, for the their colossal failures. It seems that Americans have become so accustomed to politics for personal gain (or just plain authoritarian domination) that they have forgotten what civic virtue and liberal democracy means.

Posted by: bellumregio on May 17, 2007 at 8:50 AM | PERMALINK

How easily one could substitute the name, George Bush, for Wolfowitz in the article.

Sort of a "Yeah, I'll resign, but, I want it known that I was not guilty of one single thing, even competence." and "I'll give my own self a Medal of Freedom on the way out; You got a problem with that."

Posted by: thethirdPaul on May 17, 2007 at 9:11 AM | PERMALINK

I got no problem with that, thirdPaul. I'll ever have a problem with the election of 2004 though. I think really that's when the post-war U.S. died for us.

Posted by: snicker-snack on May 17, 2007 at 9:20 AM | PERMALINK

Won't be anybody contentious. the USA only has rough 16% share in the bank. There were a lot of hurdles to clear before Wolfowitz got accepted, and Bush's credit around the world is even lower then it was before in itself and he now he has to deal with replacing a disgraced personal appointee.

The person will be a spotless yet firm republican. Think in the James Baker style but younger.

Posted by: Ernst on May 17, 2007 at 9:28 AM | PERMALINK

the thing about golden parachutes is that they are heavier than air. given the karma wolfie has here's hoping he squashes a spotless rebublican or two on his way down to meet jerry.

Posted by: Trypticon on May 17, 2007 at 9:35 AM | PERMALINK

1.20.09

Posted by: ny patriot on May 17, 2007 at 9:41 AM | PERMALINK

Still have this eerie feeling about January 20, 2009 - Have visions of the Predatorian Guards, misspelling intended, defending both 1600 and the National Observing You and You and You residence of Cheney.

And the reign of our Co-Consuls will continue.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on May 17, 2007 at 9:44 AM | PERMALINK

the danger isn't primarily a lack of executive transfer on 1/20/09, but every day in between now and then which is an opportunity to respond to some event with martial law.

Posted by: Trypticon on May 17, 2007 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

Yet and despite the ruinous reign of the Republican Party, about 44 percent of the electorate polled today are ready to vote Republican in 2008, more if candidate matchups are counted.

Might be a good idea if you folks stopped running against Bush, and started running against the Republicans.

Hmmmm?

Posted by: theword on May 17, 2007 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

U.S., Iran to meet in Baghdad on May 28

Bush, yet again, hands our enemies a PR coup, negotiates with terror-sponsoring states (just like his hero Ronald Reagan did), and contradicts his own stated policies (just like daddy did - "read my lips" indeed).

Next on the agenda, a meeting between Condi and Osama bin Laden in which she wears a hijab and washes his feet.

Posted by: current conservative toady and ex-liberal on May 17, 2007 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

Agree with you, theword; we should start running against Lieberman.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on May 17, 2007 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

Osama has been dying to learn some Scott Joplin - As an old piano player, Condi can teach him "The Sting" theme.

Joplin perfected his music while playing in whore houses - Condi just shills for one.

Posted by: stupid git on May 17, 2007 at 10:54 AM | PERMALINK

Gumby

Posted by: wishIwuz2 on May 17, 2007 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

At the risk of sounding like a contrarian, I imagine they will appoint someone more solid and respectable this time around. This Administration, after all, has surprised us with some very solid nominations from time to time such as Gates, Roberts or Berneke (sorry for the spelling). Roberts, for example, may be someone we don't care for, but at least he's not some hack who was clearly not qualified for the job and only appointed because of his loyalty to the Administration, such as Wolfowitz. Bush may want to appoint another hack to the job, but he knows that he can't just tell the World Bank to stick it. The fact that he's caved so quickly on this issue, unlike his A.G., tells you something. If he appoints someone who looks like another Wolfowitz, the World Bank will reject that person and appoint someone from France or North Korea just to stick it to the Americans, and Bush knows that.

Posted by: Guscat on May 17, 2007 at 11:46 AM | PERMALINK

Cut the crap!

Jeffrey Skilling
Martha Stewart
Gov. Rowland
Tom Delay

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