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Republican Christopher Shays went right at ex-FEMA chief Michael Brown yesterday on Capitol Hill, calling his testimony on the Katrina disaster "clueless," "feeble," "shocking" and "beyond belief." But the blistering critique of Bush administration appointees that has broken out since the hurricane hit has raced far beyond the halls of FEMA.

The charge is "cronyism" — key jobs packed with hacks, slackers and inept loyalists. It is a politically-loaded charge, and no one should be naive here. All presidents bring their own crew to Washington. But is there something different this time? Something wrong?

Hear about the charge of "cronyism" and lethal incompetence in the Bush administration.


Mark Thompson of Time magazine who co-wrote the article "How Many More Mike Browns Are There?" for this week's issue.

This program aired on September 28, 2005.

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