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Profiles in Cronyhood: The McClellan Brothers

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Sometimes, you just have to take a moment to point out the sheer hackitude of certain members of the Administration. This morning, let’s take a moment to discuss the McClellan brothers. It’s two, two, two brothers working for one Administration. No cronyism here, though. Nope.

Here’s Scott McClellan on torture by proxy in Syria, via ThinkProgress:

QUESTION: There are allegations that we sent people to Syria to be tortured…

MCCLELLAN: To Syria?

QUESTION: Yes. You’ve never heard of any allegations like that?

MCCLELLAN: No, I’ve never heard that one. That’s a new one.

QUESTION: Syria? You haven’t heard that?

MCCLELLAN: That’s a new one.

QUESTION: Well, I can assure you it’s been well publicized. My question is…

MCCLELLAN: By what, bloggers?

Ooooh, new WH press strategy: if we don’t like the question, we’ll blame it on bloggers. Never mind the facts, the truth or the importance of the question.

Or the fact that the issue has been addressed a number of times by different news organizations, repeatedly, with no answer from the Administration. Can you say dodge and weave? I thought you could.

And are you asking yourself, "What about the other McClellan brother?" You’ll recall that Medicare Plan D isn’t working well? And that seniors and pharmacists and medical professionals who are trying to make sense out of the entire mess can’t get a straight answer from the 1-800 hotline, even after waiting forever on hold to get to a person who is supposed to help them? Guess who is in charge of coordinating this non-helpful service (via The Plank):

I have an article about what’s going on with the Medicare drug benefit–and why–coming out in this week’s edition of the magazine. But one tidbit I came across in my research seems worth sharing now. It’s a Government Accounting Office report, issued in December, warning that the Bush administration hadn’t done enough to make sure the most medically and financially vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries could actually get their drugs.

If you do get around to reading it, make sure to check out the part where Mark McClellan, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, says the GAO has it all wrong–the part where he insists that "CMS has established effective contingency plans to ensure that dual-eligible beneficiaries will be able to obtain comprehensive coverage and obtain necessary drugs beginning January 1, 2006."

Well, maybe not entirely effective.

Is there some sort of cronyism manual that this Administration is using? Because this is one hacktastic duo, and I can’t come up with an explanation for their continued employment other than Bushie likes to hang with his cronies regardless of how ill-served the American public continues to be.

Oh, and for those who are waiting for the answer to "How many times was Jack Abramoff in the WH and what relationship did he have with this Administration?" that Scott McClellan promised to give…still waiting. Thankfully, Knight Ridder is still asking the questions, even though the WH still isn’t giving any answers. Heaven forbid the American public get a glimpse of how things really work in this WH or something.

This concludes this morning’s edition of Profiles in Cronyhood. We now return you to your regularly scheduled disgust for the length that this Administration will go to cover its ass, and that of its cronies and large money donors.

We’ll revisit Cronies-R-Us soon, because truly it’s a continuing saga with these folks, isn’t it?

(Graphics love to Whitehouse.org. I laughed, I cried, I spewed my coffee. Mwahaha. There’s something hilarious and disturbing about this photo, but it cracks me up nonetheless.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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