You may have noticed that President Obama has had some trouble finding appropriate folks to appoint to positions of power. What you may not remember is that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi started out the same way when she picked up her gavel for the first time.
Ms. Pelosi started out with floating John Murtha for Majority Leader (ongoing corruption investigations, accusing Marines of cold-blooded murder, calling his own constituents racists and red-necks, etc.), and Alcee Hastings (impeached federal judge with other skeletons in his closet) for head of the House Intelligence Committee. They didn’t go over quite as well as she had envisioned.
Then there’s the reliably corrupt chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Charles Rangel; he’s been the subject of a House ethics investigation, and he still can’t figure out how to pay his taxes.
Then we have William “Cold Cash” Jefferson, who keeps tens of thousands of dollars in his freezer, and re-routes National Guard helicopters to his home during a national disaster so he can check on his stash. And don’t forget the ever-popular Harry Reid, with some very questionable deals under his belt and pockets full of cash from Jack Abramoff. And we won’t even mention the saga of poor Roland Burris.
The list is ongoing, but who can blame the President for his problems when Congress has set such a sterling example?
Of course, with Pres. Obama being such a competitor and all, it’s only natural that he’d want to out-do Speaker Pelosi even in idiotic appointments. And he has, oh! how he has. Even the AP is noticing:
Tom Daschle, the former Senate majority leader from South Dakota, abandoned his bid to become health and human services secretary and the administration’s point man on reforming health care; and Nancy Killefer stepped down from a newly created position charged with eliminating inefficient government programs.
Both Daschle and Killefer had tax problems, and Daschle also faced potential conflicts of interest related to working with health care interests.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was confirmed after revealing he had tax troubles.
Obama’s initial choice for commerce secretary, Bill Richardson, stepped aside due to a grand jury investigation into a state contract awarded to his political donors.
While the Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm William Lynn as deputy defense secretary, Obama had to waive his ethics regulations to place the former defense lobbyist in charge of day-to-day operations at the Pentagon.
Can’t we just fire them all and start again?