Today's NYT has a buried article on some of the Bush administration's latest good-bye presents for the nation: various appointments that will last long into the next administration.
The article, White House Memo – On His Way Out, Bush Leads Others In, by Jim Rutenberg, claims that these appointments are mostly uncontroversial. If so, that's only because memories are short.
Consider this paragraph:
That same day, Mr. Bush appointed a longtime family friend and former business partner, Fred V. Malek, to the board of visitors of the United States Military Academy. Mr. Malek, who was a partner with Mr. Bush in the Texas Rangers baseball team, will serve for three years. A West Point graduate, he has donated generously to its campus; his appointment, like the others, provoked no complaint.
That's amazing. We're talking about the guy who was Nixon's hatchet man and political manipulator and who wrote the infamous Jew-counting “Malek Memo”. But then forgetting Malek's history appears to be a well-entrenched DC phenomenon.