As a citizen my interest here is in the correct evaluation of a candidate, whose adjudication must be nonpartisan.
I am focussing on appointments that are essentially political handouts. Like the FEMA director appointment. In the case of Miers, the story goes to the Texas Lottery.
GTech is a large company that uses high tech to run lotteries. They are effecient and make a one stop outsourcing bid to take over the entire system. During her Tenure, GTech was in fact running the show. This provides her , her first big win. But is it a real cleanup?
The story goes back to Bush's national guard service and the coverup that is still being played out today (including bullying journalists).
Do we still have any proof that Bush served?
Bush disappeared when they started drug testing. Dan Rather substantiates this with documents especially provided for him by a "trusted source" - then, tightly coordinating with a +lawyer+ in +atlanta+ who helped coordinate monica lewinksky-gate, a "band of bloggers" helped make the focus of the media attention and , also give them the ouvre of a grassroots movement. Most of the bloggers were curiously "on message" and had very quickly dispatched the "curious typo" but it was a nice diversion for a 2004 election where an opponent was questioning our role in Iraq.
Unfortunately, the "typo" doc was never the focus of Dan Rather's story or his evidence. It was given as part of corrobated statements from the secretary. Instead the centerpiece of the story - lest we forget - was a man named Ben Barnes. And here we find the tie-in to Mier.
Dan Rather presented a Gentleman namd Ben Barnes, who was at the time, when Bush was up for draft, speaker of the house for the state of Texas. Miers was Bush's attorney. Rove was closely attached to the bush family.
Now, in 2004, a revelation: Barnes testified that he rigged the system for a no-bid contract to put Bush right into the National Guard instead of
off to the real fight.
Most think it was a partisan attack - but in fact Ben Barnes had already given this statement in a deposition that had somehow become difficult to find... Barnes had an involvement in a Deal Bush was working that made sure he shut up when it came time to talk about Texas Lottery. Which, interestingly enough, you don't hear very much about, do you?
In 1999, when Barnes, then a top lobbyist and political fixer in Austin, became a witness in a lawsuit by Laurence Littwin. Littwin was suing the State of Texas for firing him as lottery directory, which he claimed was politically motivated. The Littwin lawsuit is a complex and confusing affair that provides a glimpse at the baseline of corruption rampant through the Texas political system. But, not stopped by Miers.
Instigated by Miers.
Karl Rove and Miers saw to it that the lawsuit was dismissed and the sweetheart deal cut, to GTech.
Littwin claimed that he was forced to hire a company called GTech to run the Texas lottery in order to suppress the real story of how Bush won entry into the Guard-namely that Ben Barnes had pulled strings with Gen. Rose.
Behind the scenes, only two names could have been forcing the hand. Then-attorney to Bush himself, Miers. And Karl Rove, his father's right hand man. Both were actively working on a coverup of Bush's drug record in the state of texas.
Barnes had to go on public record with what he'd done for Bush, because it was part of his deposition in this lawsuit. Rove and Miers saw to it that the lawsuit was quashed out of court.
Its like the "insider" , if you've seen that film. Miers is hard at work keeping the testimony from becoming public.
Gtech paid Ben Barnes 23 Million dollars for his services and assistance winning over Texas.
GTech now runs and operates nearly all of the state lotteries. They are a decent enough firm.
As a libertarian I couldn't fault them with providing "incentive".
The exercise of whether or not Karl Rove would blackmail anyone with Miers help, is another story - don't you think?
Miers began her ascent to political power concurrent with Roves plan to put Bush in the Governorship of Texas. As Bush became Governor, Miers got her promotion.
Now, given that a war over a nominee would provide a different set of polling numbers... why would Bush promote someone like Cheney - do we remember how Cheney won the Vice Presidency? He got the job of picking candidates, and he said, basically - ok, I will be the VP.
It is out of character for Mier to have done the same, despite the same circumstance. Mier instead was likely directed to take up the appointment by Karl Rove, who is furiously trying to cover up his partisan involvement in the Louisiana tragedy.
Dates of Interest:
Barnes Deposition - 1999
GTech contract award - Public Info