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December 15, 2004
Kerik Hates Freedom, America, Babies

More lovely news about Bernard Kerik, erstwhile nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security.

An apartment in Battery Park City that former Police Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik secured for his personal use after Sept. 11 was originally donated for the use of weary police and rescue workers who were helping at ground zero, according to a real estate executive who has been briefed about the apartment.

After the cleanup had settled into a routine that fall, the executive said, Mr. Kerik, who was still police commissioner, asked to rent the two-bedroom apartment for his own use. During his use of the apartment, Mr. Kerik and Judith Regan engaged in an extramarital affair there, according to someone who spoke to Mr. Kerik about the relationship. Ms. Regan published his best-selling autobiography in 2001.

The New York Times

Still, it's clearly not the White House's fault. How were they supposed to know anything at all about this guy? And we should also not be concerned that it was the responsibility of the nominee for Attorney General, the most powerful law enforcement officer in the country, to find this stuff out during his interrogation of Kerik. That man, Alberto Gonzalez, oddly enough has no comment.

Yawn... impeach the bastards... sigh.

More on the "missteps" by the White House by the always impartial Elizabeth Bumiller in the Times.

The story of Mr. Kerik's nomination is one of how a normally careful White House faltered because of Mr. Bush's personal enthusiasm for Mr. Kerik, a desire by the administration to quickly fill a critical national security job and an apparent lack of candor from Mr. Kerik himself.

See? It's not their fault! They're "normally careful," and Bush was just really jazzed, and wanted to fill this critical security job so as not to leave the American people unprotected. It was really just that the guy was a liar. I mean, really, beyond asking him about his background and assuming he was telling the truth, what more could they do?

For the sake of the country, it's best if we all just move on.


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