BANANA REPUBLICANISM….CONT’D….The Bush administration says that Michael Baroody, their nominee to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “has taken the steps necessary to avoid any conflict of interest in the event he is confirmed.” Like this, for example:

A senior lobbyist at the National Association of Manufacturers nominated by President Bush to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission will receive a $150,000 departing payment from the association when he takes his new government job, which involves enforcing consumer laws against members of the association.

….Mr. Baroody said in the letter that the payment would not prevent him from considering matters involving individual companies that are members of the manufacturers’ association, many of whom are defendants in agency proceedings over defective products or have other business before the commission.

I’d comment, but what is there to say? Democrats ought to unanimously vote to reject this doofus without even bothering with a hearing, but I suppose that’s not in the cards. Too bad.