The Bush administration has made a mockery of faith. Of laws. Of the presidency. Of war. Of science. Of fairness. Of the Constitution. Of the nation.
Much attention has been paid to the breadth of Justice Department memos about firing U.S. Attorneys, yet it is simple "quote marks" around the words "'good faith'" which stand out. As the Department was creating a strategy how to flim-flam the United States Senate by pretense, the best that the nation's top legal minds could come up with was the noble, winking advice - "All of this should be done in 'good faith,' of course."
Though focus has been on how deceptive the Justice Department was being, in truth it points a far larger issue - and nothing could address it more clearly than putting quote marks around "good faith."
Forget for a moment that this is the U.S. Justice Department trying to dance around the laws and screw the United States Senate. (Okay, that's asking a lot to forget. But hey, if Lewis Libby can completely forget repeatedly outing a covert agent, you can forget this for a few seconds).
This is an administration which has created an internal culture so corroded that it can't even type the words, "good faith," without setting it off in quotes. It's like how Dracula can't look in a mirror because there's no reflection. Even more appropriately, it's like how vampires recoil at the sight of a cross. This is an Administration that recoils at the sight of good faith.
Faith. How utterly appropriate.
And that's the point.