Original article appeared in the Feb 21, 2008 WSJ Text Analysis by Erasmus Binkster Rfp, SoQ, AMf, and Bucky Kibble III, Esq The jobless rate is hanging high -- for many of the roughly 3,000 political appointees who served President George W. Bush. Finding work has proved a far tougher task than those appointees expected. No shit. You got appointed, and didn't have to apply online with Monster.com "This is not a great time for anyone to be job hunting, including numerous former political appointees," said Carlos M. Gutierrez, Mr. Bush's commerce secretary. Previously chief executive of cereal maker Kellogg Co., he hopes to run a company again because "I have a lot of energy." read: "home life sucks, my kids hate me, and my girlfriend wants money" Only 25% to 30% of ex-Bush officials seeking full-time jobs have succeeded, estimated Eric Vautour, a Washington recruiter at Russell Reynolds Associates Inc. That "is much, much worse"