I would like to think I'm quite patriotic. It's one of the reasons I signed up for the Armed Services in the first place after all. And I've been hurt deeply by this administration, especially when we passed the MCA act, because it is fundamentally UNAMERICAN.
Harriet Miers and Kyle Sampson, along with MANY others, definitely knew about the firestorm that would kick up. They sure do love that "pleasure of the President" line...and were silly to think THAT would shield them.