Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Roll the FOG Out
It's about time for Attorney General Gonzales to roll-out the Bush swan-song.... he "needs to spend more time with his family." After all, the last thing his boss needs is another hot potato in his lid-popping political stew.
Gonzales is one of the Bushies whose qualifications for office are FOG.... Friends of George. If ever there was an apt acronym, it is FOG. The behavioral concept of fogging is to deflect criticism and scrutiny by letting someone vent, and then giving a seemingly agreeable, but evasive, response.
FOG fogging example: Congress: "Gonzales, you know that you lied to us about your involvement in the firing of the eight U.S. Attorneys, we now know there was a meeting in your office about the firings and you signed off on them." Gonzales: "You're right, there was a meeting but the deliberations were over. I never participated in the deliberations"
The statement is then followed by obliging media hacks blaring.... "Gonzales played no role in U.S. Attorney firings." Yep, that's how it works. Now you know.
Underlings who aren't FOG appointments have to take a different tack. The Fifth.
Monica Goodling, Gonzales's senior counselor, is refusing to testify before the Senate about the firings, invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Remember, we're talking about the Department of Justice here. This means a senior aide to the nation's top law enforcement official is refusing to testify because she might implicate herself in a crime!
We can only hope that Gonzales decides soon that his family needs him. But too many other incompetent FOG appointees.... like Rice the Unready.... are out there, doing the ask-me-a-question-and-I'll-tell-you-a-half-truth Bush shuffle.
It's time for more FOG to roll out.