“White House officials are defensive about the vetting process. . . . But some administration officials acknowledge that the president’s predilections work against a careful review. Bush hates leaks and enjoys popping surprise announcements on the press. He liked the idea of Kerik — the self-made tough guy — and he dismissed as gossip or press carping newspaper stories about Kerik’s bending the rules.”
Does anyone doubt that it was the Chimpster himself who chose Bernie Kerik to head the Department of Fatherland Security, and then rushed to name him publicly before a propper vetting process could be completed?
Shit may roll downhill, but it comes from the top.