Whose 'politics of personal destruction'?
By Leonard Steinhorn
I wonder if other Post readers caught the irony in a story about Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s choice of former Nixon aide Fred Malek to chair a government reform commission [“McDonnell says he didn’t know of Malek disputes,” Metro, May 26]. When working in President Richard Nixon’s Labor Department, Mr. Malek undertook a minor inquisition against Jewish workers in the Bureau of Labor Statistics, compiling a list of employees with Jewish-sounding names and singling them out for demotion, which, according to Slate magazine, was “the last recorded act of official anti-Semitism by the United States government.”
Now one of Mr. McDonnell’s defenders, Bobbie Kilberg, claims that those who criticize the governor for his selection of Mr. Malek are practicing “the politics of personal destruction.” So let’s get this straight: In the world according to the McDonnell camp, critics of what Mr. Malek did practice the politics of personal destruction, whereas Mr. Malek gets a pass — and a high-level position reforming government — even after trying to destroy the careers of government workers simply because their names sounded Jewish.
In the memorable words of Lewis Carroll, “it would be so nice if something made sense for a change.”
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