Would this surprise anybody? It’s difficult to underestimate his ability to pick the absolute worst candidate for important positions.
This morning, CNNâ€™s Suzanne Malveaux reported that â€œvery senior level sourcesâ€ inside the administration are telling her that Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff will replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Additionally, these sources say Chertoff will be replaced at Homeland Security by Clay Johnson III, the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget.
Johnson, who has no homeland security experience, is a professional Bush loyalist. While Johnson may have familiarity with some aspects of DHSâ€™s budget, he appears to have no experience in the many responsibilities of the department, including immigration, air travel security, disaster response, and other aspects of our nationâ€™s homeland defense.
He is one of Bushâ€™s oldest friends, having attended both prep school and college with the President. Johnson served as Bushâ€™s gubernatorial chief of staff in Texas before heading up the Bush-Cheney transition team.