The Obama administration appointment process is sounding less like a new symphony of hope and change and more like a Capitol Steps parody.
First there was Penny Priztker’s conflicts with the sub prime mess. Bad timing, one might say, to appoint as Secretary of Commerce the principle owner of a failed sub prime lender. But an undaunted Team Obama doubled down on the Commerce appointment and nominated Bill Richardson who, it turns out, had his own Blogo type problem that doomed his nomination.
Perhaps all of this is just some bad Carville karma, however you have to wonder if anyone is paying attention at Obama Vetting Headquarters because:
“Sources tell ABC News that officials on the Obama Transition Team feel that before he was formally offered the job of commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was not forthcoming with them about the federal investigation that is looking into whether the governor steered a state contract towards a major financial contributor.”
That explanation sounds eerily reminiscent of the preacher he didn’t know and the Blago farce and still unanswered questions about the source of Obama’s unprecedented campaign funding that was indefensibly opened to fraud.
Are the abovementioned Obama vetting and judgment failures the preliminary outline of a “pattern of deceit”, a phrase embraced by The Washington Post in its eight year jeremiad against the George W. Bush administration? Given the legacy media’s blatant cheerleading for Obama during the general election it should come as no surprise if the President elect and his staff show some mind bending blind spots on issues of integrity and character, both of which are traits that the press, even in its chaotic manner, usually fleshes out during an election.
The circus we are witnessing now served notice months ago that it was bringing its show to Washington, D.C. but the legacy media dutifully ignored the warning. Now that the Obama administration is tackling the often grinding and mundane matters of governance, such as vetting appointees and dealing with difficult State executives and legislators, we are learning if Barack Obama knows how to execute the fundamentals of governing.
These fundamentals, to borrow the baseball vernacular, are all about hitting singles, getting on base and fielding the ball. Obama can’t afford any more Blago and Richardson errors because who knows what the confirmation process holds for his other appointees?