Not One of the “Usual Suspects”

I cannot be the only one who is savoring the rich irony of the president's supporters advancing the arguments of the president's detractors:
“He’s not as well known to everybody within the Beltway as some people; he hasn’t been in and out of the Bush administration or the prior Bush administration, but he’s a rock solid lawyer and a first-rate judge,” said Jay Lefkowitz, a former domestic policy adviser to Mr. Bush who now practices law in New York. “I think the president, by reaching outside the inner circle, by reaching outside the usual suspects, is bringing someone who is really going to restore a lot of integrity to the department.”
Outside the inner circle. In the context of law enforcement & the Justice Department under the former Attorney General, the use of the word "suspects" carries a certain -- how do you say? -- force. The strategy now is to "put this behind us," without, of course fessing up to any wrongdoing or producing any documents. The Senate Democrats are obviously going to roll over on this one. Congressman Waxman, it's your deal. Perhaps Mr. Bush would like to cut the deck.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

1 thought on “Not One of the “Usual Suspects””


    That there is someone thinking
    whose thoughts create things
    that move things along
    as in geometry or flowers

    that’s all a god wants
    to be and to have moved
    aside the world inside
    as the only perpendicular

    America is the good son
    who left home on a mission
    proving a wastrel and a drunk

    you would have thought
    we could have counted
    on our mothers to be safe.

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