Justice IG Report

It's as if shrill bloggers have taken over The Washington Post: "Justice Officials Repeatedly Broke Law on Hiring, Report Says"

Former Justice Department counselor Monica M. Goodling and former chief of staff D. Kyle Sampson routinely broke the law by conducting political litmus tests on candidates for jobs as immigration judges and line prosecutors, according to an inspector general's report released today.

In addition to inappropriate and illegal politicization, Goodling's habit of asking candidates for career positions "What is it about George W. Bush that makes you want to serve him?" is also rather bizarre and creepy. Goodling, it seems, couldn't even see herself and her subordinates as serving alongside Bush in an effort to advance the larger cause of conservatism. Instead, the entire government is conceived of as existing to personally serve the greater glory of George W. Bush.

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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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