Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The igNoble families of Rome

Makes ya' sick.

A few examples:

Mitch McConnell Senate Minority leader
Elaine Chao Secretary of Labor

According to an investigation by the Lexington Herald-Leader, “Chao attends her husband’s fund-raisers, chats with his donors and seeds her agency with his former aides.” In one incident cited by the paper, a coal company that has been a major donor to McConnell was under investigation for water contamination by the Labor Department—until she took over the department in 2001 and quickly wrapped up the probe. Many observers were surprised by the small fine—later reduced further—that the department ultimately assessed.

David Gregory Chief White House correspondent, NBC News
Beth Wilkinson General counsel, Fannie Mae

The two met when Gregory, then a field reporter for NBC, was covering the Timothy McVeigh trial, for which she was a government prosecutor. Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff, with whom she worked at Latham & Watkins, attended their son’s baby shower.

Bill Paxon Lobbyist, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Susan Molinar, Chairman, the Washington Group

They’re both former GOP representatives from New York turned lobbyists. He famously proposed to her on the House floor—and on his knees—in 1994. Her response: “Yes, but get up.” Shortly after, they quit Congress, became Washington GOP power lobbyists, and lived happily ever after.
Um, technically, have they really "lived happily" together?

Robert Kagan Neoconservative author and cofounder,
Project for a New American Century (PNAC)
Victoria Nuland United States permanent representative, NATO

He’s been a vocal supporter of the Iraq War and recently wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post declaring the “Surge” to be working splendidly—without mentioning that his brother, Fred, is the architect of the strategy. Prior to joining NATO, Victoria worked in the office of the vice president.

Even non-Kagans have to be watched for "Kaganisity".

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