Not so many years ago, Republican party leaders and their media allies touted the Bush Administration's competence. These Republicans, they said, were disciplined, efficient, and always on message.
Ah, but times have changed. Speaking this weekend on Bloomberg Television, conservative mouthpiece Robert Novak defended Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other Bush appointees as "subpar people" from Texas.
On Gonzales specifically, Novak offered this assessment:
He’s terrible. He shouldn’t be there. But there’s a lot of bad people in this administration.