July 21, 2005

President does half-assed job - on one of the most important decisions he'll have to make - out of political expediency

Bush accelerated his search for a Supreme Court nominee in part because of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's name, according to Republicans familiar with administration strategy.

Bush originally had planned to announce a replacement just before his planned July 28 departure for a month-long vacation at The Lazy W, his Crawford, Texas hellhole, said two administration officials, who spoke on the condition they not be named.

The officials said those plans changed because Rove has become a focus of Fitzgerald's interest and of news accounts about the matter.

- Bloomberg (thanks to BuzzFlash).


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