National Review’s response to former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge’s allegation that Bush pressured him to raise the terror alert status on the eve of the 2004 election is this stirring post from Kathryn Jean Lopez:
But how can someone whose title is director of homeland security not resign if he believes the security of the homeland is being compromised in some way by the White House? How do you wait all these years before saying something?
An excellent question. But if Ridge’s actions are less than honorable, what does that say about the man who appointed him, particularly when his proposed successor was the notoriously corrupt Bernie Kerik?