Name That Outrage

NAME THAT OUTRAGE….Here’s a little game. I’ll give you the quote and source; you guess what outrage the person is describing.

“It’s amazing. Such incompetence is worse than anything I’ve ever seen in six administrations,” Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, said during a news briefing. “At some point, this administration has got to stop saying we’ll hire or appoint political cronies, but will actually appoint somebody who knows how to make the government work.”

Katrina? Iraq? Medicare Plan D? This response could apply to so many administration controversies, but in this case, it’s the stunning — and widening — data-security breach now encompassing nearly all active-duty military, Guard, and Reserve members.

In the Senate, Democrats renewed their criticism of Veteran Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson and demanded his ouster following the agency’s disclosure Tuesday that personal information for 2.2 million military personnel — not just 50,000, as initially believed — was stolen from a VA employee May 3. […]

In the House, about 150 Democrats called on President Bush to request emergency funds to provide free credit monitoring for the millions of veterans and military personnel who are now at risk for identity theft.

“These records were stolen more than a month ago, and we’re still figuring out what information was lost?” asked Representative Tom Davis, Republican of Virginia, whose House Government Reform Committee will hold hearings today in which Nicholson will testify. “We need to hear a good explanation for why that is.”

So far, neither the White House nor the VA has one. What a surprise.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.