Tom Ridge wants to have it both ways. He sat on his hands then to save his job and now he wants to get paid again. Remember, he could have made a difference. Now he describes the terror alerts he propagated as "political" when he has a book to sell, but it's not sitting well with a lot of us, especially when he already knew that in 2004.
First, the timing of terror alerts raises questions that aren’t adequately answered.
If there’s no intent to benefit the president in a re-election year, Ridge should say more than “we don’t play politics” at the Department of Homeland Security.
Especially after doing a virtual campaign ad by announcing “new” threats just after the Democratic convention and praising “the president’s leadership in the war against terror.”
And it wasn’t said off the cuff or in answer to a question. It was said in prepared remarks.
It makes Ridge more salesman than guardian, more political servant than public servant.
Same with failing to divulge the full context of information on potential terror sites later revealed as three to four years old.
How does pushing the president while holding back the truth give anyone confidence “we don’t play politics”?
Maybe he’s told what to say, when and how, and maybe that’s why he wants out. A source close to Ridge tells me the relationship between Ridge and the White House “isn’t what it used to be.” Still, it’s his gig.