So Bush has appointed a new Secretary of Education:
President Bush today nominated Margaret Spellings,his top domestic policy adviser, to be the next secretary of education,turning to another close White House aide to fill a vacancy created bythe resignation of a Cabinet member.
Spellings, 46, was named to the post opened by the departure of Roderick R. Paige, 71, whose resignation as education secretary was announced Monday.
Now Bush's previous cabinet wasn't exactly filled with shining stars, but at least it was populated by many people who had built their career independently of the Bush clan. In the new cabinet, anyone not tied at the hip to the Bushies appears out the door. And the replacements are Bush lackeys: Alberto Gonzalez, Condoleeza Rice, and now Margaret Spellings. The White House is extending its echo chamber out to encompass the entire executive branch. The reality-based community is no doubt going to take even bigger hits in the future than it has taken in the recent past. I dread what future horrors could lead to.