Bush Scandals List

322. Timothy Goeglein, a faith-based plagiarist

On the morning of February 29, 2008, blogger Nancy Nall posted that Timothy Goeglein special assistant to the President and deputy director of the Office of Public Liaison since 2001 had an article published in his hometown newspaper the Fort Wayne IN News-Sentinel on the 28th which had been plagiarized from a 1998 article by Jeffrey Hart in the goofily conservative Dartmouth Review. Caught, Goeglein apologized. However, during the course of the day more instances of his unattributed appropriations came to light, and by the end of the day he was gone, resigned. Goeglein was the White House’s emissary to the religious right and conservatives. In this capacity, he worked closely with Karl Rove. The White House resignation announcement credited Goeglein with helping to establish the President’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative, promoting the President’s plan for AIDS relief with its emphasis on abstinence, and ushering through the nominations of the two hyper-conservative Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito. I suspect he will transition painlessly into the echo chamber of wingnut welfare where intellectual bankruptcy is expected and the theft of ideas is not so much tolerated as required.

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