In the uproar attending the nomination of Bush supporter Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, the cries of betrayal from shocked and dismayed Bush supporters are
themselves the only genuinely surprising aspect of the Miers nomination.
After five years of one betrayal after another, it's more surprising that the GOP faithful can still be shocked by the reckless bad faith of George W. Bush or the venality of the corporate mandarins destroying their party right under their noses.
Republican voters must remember, for example, the Bush-Kerry debate in Tempe, Arizona during which George Bush said, "And here is where my opponent and I differ. In September 2003, he supported amnesty for illegal aliens."
Isn't it a huge betrayal that the same George Bush is pressing Congress this month to pass a massive new guest worker amnesty? [See: Bush Betrays Conservatives Already, VDARE, November 11, 2004]
Isn't it a betrayal of the Republican rank-and-file—of the country itself—that Bush would appoint the now-indicted Grover Norquist lobbyist, David Safavian, to oversee more than $200 billion worth federal government procurement as chief acquisition officer at the Office of Management and Budget?
Isn't the appointment of featherweight crony Julie Meyers to head the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement a betrayal of the American people and of every ICE agent dedicated to protecting them and enforcing their laws?
Isn't it a betrayal that former Greenberg Traurig lobbyist Gary Shiffman, who hauled in nearly $5 million dollars in two years lobbying on the immigration issue for clients including the notorious Saipan Garment Manufacturers Assn and the corrupt Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, is made chief-of-staff at U.S. Customs and Border Protection? Isn't it a mockery that a man is appointed to a powerful position in the agency charged with executing U.S. immigration laws to the benefit of the Americn people even though he took $180,000 in 2002 for his work influencing immigration policy to the benefit of the General Council for Islamic Banks?
It would be more surprising, in my view, if, instead of Harriet Miers, Bush had nominated for the Supreme Court a qualified and respected candidate who was unblemished by extreme partisanship and hopeless at fundraising.
I happened to be listening to a reporter covering the confirmation vote of the new Supreme Court chief justice, John Roberts (whose apparent suitability makes his nomination by Bush more surprising than Harriet Meirs'). She described the scene at the White House while the Senate was voting. Among the people she listed hanging with the president was former Enron lobbyist Ed Gillespie.
Gillespie, you'll remember, is the corporate lobbyist Bush appointed chair of Republicans Netting Compensation (RNC), in July 2003. When I heard the reporter mention his name, I thought to myself, there is the problem.
Bush does not surround himself with people dedicated to public service and the good of the country. Integrity, expertise, duty, competence, honor, leadership, experience, virtue, patriotism, honesty—none of these rank in Bush's estimation.
Rather, Bush surrounds himself with the likes of Karl Rove, a man known for dirty tricks, Jack Abramoff, indicted lobbyist designated a "Bush Pioneer" for the large sums he paid the president's campaign, Ed Gillespie, another corporate lobbyist, and the whole vulgar grasping pack of Wall Street Journal "conservatives."
In the wake of the Meirs nomination, while the whole country was still saying, Harriet who? I went to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's website, and, sure enough: the "Chamber" had already issued a warm endorsement of the Miers nomination.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an ally of the immigration lawyers industry, spent $28 million corporate dollars last year lobbying on federal legislation. In addition to their own lobbying, the USCofC is also a client of Ed Gillespie's lobbying firm, Quinn Gillespie & Associates.
Immigration is one of the key areas in which the USCofC weilds its millions. On its website, it openly advocates amnesty for illegal aliens and increasing "temporary guest worker programs" with paths to citizenship for the guest workers "where appropriate." The Chamber endorses the McCain-Kennedy mass amnesty, and its Essential Workers Immigration Coalition signed a letter endorsing it.
On top of the USCofC efforts, Ed Gillespie and his former boss Dick Armey have opened another route through which immigration profiteers can funnel money into Washington. They have formed a "coalition" of multinational corporations called Americans for Border and Economic Security that promises corporations legislation favorable to their bottom line in return for a public relations campaign "contribution," according to a Bloomberg News piece, of "between $50,000 and $250,000 to pay for the effort."
As an illustration of just how sick it is in this town, the pair of hustlers are having a little trouble peddling their influence. CEOs are balking at paying into the bribe—oops, at engaging in free speech—because they feel uncertain Bush will deliver the guest worker/amnesty they want. (Peter Brimelow shoots the rotten fish in this barrel on his blog [Los Angeles Times Exposes New White House Immigration Plot])
The nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court is anything but surprising. We should be thanking our lucky stars, all things considered, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hasn't decided the Supreme Court is an impediment to economic growth and shut it down.