Politically Alert

From Holden:

The Times sums up Tom Ridge’s tenure as Secretary of Fatherland Security in one neat paragraph:

Mr. Ridge announced six national “orange alerts” (be very afraid but not so afraid that, as Mr. Ridge once reminded Americans, you fail to appreciate President Bush’s leadership). They didn’t make the nation more secure, but somehow came at politically opportune times. During the campaign, Mr. Ridge seemed deeply concerned for the safety of residents of swing states like Florida and Ohio, sending deputies there on numerous occasions.