Back in 2004, when the Department of Homeland Security raised the terror alert level during the campaign season, czar Tom Ridge claimed, "We don't do politics in the Department of Homeland Security."
But, surprising no one who's been paying attention, it now comes out that the whole thing was intensely political: Ridge was pushed by Rumsfeld and Ashcroft to raise the security alert on the eve of the 2004 Presidential elections.
(Just in case fanning the flames of homophobia, and election fraud in Ohio --including a nonexistent terrorist threat made up by GOP election officials to keep reporters from monitoring the ballot coun -- weren't enough to ensure a Bush "victory", I suppose.)
Ridge refused, and resigned -- after the election. Rather then speak out when it could have made a difference, this cowardly sack of partisanship kept silent for five years.
I used to be disgusted. Now I'm just kind of numb.