Monday, September 12, 2005

brown and out

the word is that michael brown, head of FEMA, former fired horse show manager, and this year's ultimate example of cronyism, has resigned.

just yesterday, fema updated his bio after bloggers discovered that it was as full of horseshit as the arabian horses he used to work with. (when the blogosphere first started noticing the discrepancies, atrios posted a photo that is hilarious if you're a fan of the uk version of the office but makes no sense if you haven't seen it (though that's not surprising, as much as i love atrios's blog).

practically everyone but the most died-in-the-wool and drunk-on-kool-aid bush apologists have been demanding that brown be fired for weeks now. a few days ago bush announced that he was pulling brown off the job of katrina relief... which was too little, too late, but about as close to a firing as we could've expected from the bush administration, which typically rewards incompetence with promotions.

so even though bush refused to admit it, we pretty much knew that brown was going to "resign" any day now. he had become yet another albatross around bush's neck; the most visible albatross because he was LIFO—last in, first out, as they say—the albatross so big and so new that you can hardly see all the others behind it.

and now that the story has hit the net, it's official.

"I'm turning in my resignation today," Brown said. "I think it's in the best interest of the agency and the best interest of the president to do that and get the media focused on the good things that are going on, instead of me."

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