Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Card Folds

Got a snippet of time here and thought I'd weigh in on something timely for a change. In this case, Andy Card's resignation as White House Chief of Staff:

White House chief of staff Andy Card has resigned and will be replaced by budget director Josh Bolten, an Administration official said Tuesday.

President Bush was expected to announce the shake up during a meeting with reporters later Tuesday morning in the Oval Office of the White House.

The move comes amid a sharp decline in Bush's approval ratings and calls from Republicans for the President to bring in new aides with fresh ideas and new energy.

Card came to Bush recently and suggested that he should step down from the job that he has held from the first day of Bush's presidency, said the Administration official.

I, personally, am not sorry to see Card go, as he was pretty much a RINO anyway. I suppose we can be grateful that he was more of a technocrat than an ideologue or policymaker, as evidenced by the disaster he created the one time he strayed in that direction (i.e. pushing Harriet Miers for the SCOTUS). Having said that, we can only hope and pray that the long-circulating rumors that he was to be John Snow's replacement at Treasury will not now be realized, as rather than merely rendering that Bush-underrated post functionally invisible, Card would likely take it in a decidely Rubinesque direction.

As for the "shake-up" spin, we can thank Fred Barnes and other righties with too much time on their hands for spoon-feeding the press that irritating meme....