As much as I don’t agree with it, I can understand politicizing the hiring and firing of US attorneys.

However, politicizing the Surgeon General? And turning him into a partisan hack?

From the AP:

WASHINGTON – President Bush’s most recent surgeon general accused the administration Tuesday of muzzling him for political reasons on hot-button health issues such as emergency contraception and abstinence-only education.

Dr. Richard Carmona, the nation’s 17th surgeon general, told lawmakers that all surgeons general have had to deal with politics but none more so than he.

For example, he said he wasn’t allowed to make a speech at the Special Olympics because it was viewed as benefiting a political opponent. However, he said was asked to speak at events designed to benefit Republican lawmakers.

“The reality is that the nation’s doctor has been marginalized and relegated to a position with no independent budget, and with supervisors who are political appointees with partisan agendas,” said Carmona, who served from 2002 to 2006.

Does Rove have ANY strategy besides “make it more partisan!”? Seriously, it’s kind of sad to see this ship sinking under the inept leadership of Cappy Rove, who doesn’t seem to have any other plays in his book besides party loyalty.

But I guess it shouldn’t surprise us after Bush’s ridiculous pick for the next Surgeon General, James Holsinger. This is a guy who penned an article about turning gays back into straights and has also said, “Homosexuality isn’t healthy or natural.”

Good times.

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