Harriet Miers, Michael Brown and the crony connection

It's Joe Allbaugh's world. We just live in it.

Published October 4, 2005 7:33PM (EDT)

If you're playing "six degrees of separation" with Harriet Miers and, say, ousted FEMA Director Michael Brown, you've just gone about five degrees too far.

Here's former Bush-Cheney fundraiser Joe Allbaugh in 2004, when George W. Bush named Allbaugh's friend Harriet Miers to succeed Alberto Gonzales as White House counsel: "She's the kind of person you want in your corner when all the chips are being played. She will give the president advice unvarnished, and that's exactly what he wants."

And here's Joe Allbaugh in 2003, when Bush named Allbaugh's friend Michael Brown to succeed him as the director of FEMA: "In my opinion, the president couldn't have chosen a better man to help . . . prepare and protect the nation. Mike Brown is a great leader and a great man who I am proud to call my friend. He will be a tremendous asset to the homeland security team."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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