Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Yet ANOTHER Obama Nominee Backs Away

Just as the brouhaha about Daschle and his financial wranglings is building up a head of steam, word comes that another Obama nominee has some "issues". Nancy Killefer, who'd been named to be Chief Performance Officer (or something similarly wierd) is withdrawing her name from consideration.

This is getting tiresome.

What about the much-ballyhooed vetting process? Is it really that those responsible for vetting are instead spending all their time putting up fancy new web pages?! Was skipping the vetting process the reason that so many old heads from the Clinton Adminstration were picked? The most egregrious to me was Tim Geithner. I'm sorry, but if you're going to be the HEAD of the Agency that's responsible for collecting taxes, at the very least you should be fully compliant and above reproach on the Federal tax front! Geez. It seems consistent with how Obama represented that his Administration would function for at least the Geithner nomination to be withdrawn, yet it wasn't. I know people (well)and much farther down the payscale than Geithner, who won't even apply for contract positions at the Department of Treasury, presuming that delinquent taxes would nullify their employment prospects! Obama's loyalty to his Cabinet choices is starting to be a tad reminiscent of W's "You've done a heckuva job, Brownie!"

The New York Times editorial may just have it right: Daschle should step aside-- and maybe Geithner should too. Obama needs to walk the talk, now.

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