To steal some lines from Bill O-Lie-ly: Caution, you are about to enter the no bullshit zone.
Today was not a good day for his O ness. Here he was trying to get his stimulus package passed and trying to change the tone in Washington, and instead the news cycle was dominated by his administration messing up yet some more of their appointments. Who is doing the vetting for his O ness? He needs to fire them like yesterday. This is starting to be a problem.
So Tom Daschale had to withdraw his name from consideration because of a little tax problem. I take that back. Because of a big tax problem. I know that to a guy who made over five million dollars selling himself to the highest bidder; $128,203 is not much, but to most A-merry-cans that is serious dollars. And that's what bothers me about Daschale, not that he cheated on his taxes (hell we wll would like to do that), what bothers me about the guy is that he has basically been a high powered lobbyist for the past few years. His O ness better get real. That is not change we can believe in, this looks like more of the same old inside the beltway bullshit to me. And please don't tell me that he didn't know what Daschle did for a living. He knew, and so did everyone and their momma in Washington.
I know his O ness is like Superman to a lot of people, but he better be careful, there is a lot of kryptonite in Washington. The rethugs couldn't stop Tim Geither from getting confirmed, but they were going to be dammed if they went down without a fight with Daschle. There is too much at stake with this department, we are talking about health care here. This one was going to get really ugly, and that is the last thing his O ness wants. He is still busy trying to play nice and "change the tone in Washington". Funny, I don't think the rethugs and the press got the memo.
Of course I am being hard on his O ness because Daschle wasn't the only screw up today. Let's not forget about Nancy Killefer, who was to be our new government performance officer. Looks like Nancy wasn't performing too well when she got a $946 tax lien slapped on her property in the district. This is not the kind of incompetence we expect from his O ness and his crew, and I honestly don't think it will last. It could be just the out the gate jitters. But "no drama Obama" wasn't supposed to get jittery.
Still, to be fair to his O ness, Bubba had some problems as well when he came into office. Remember Zoe Baird and "nannygate"? But we expect so much more from his O ness. He has set such a high bar for himself, and A-merry-ca has set a high one for him. (Us black folks know that bar all too well)
"I screwed up...I take responsibility for this mistake."
Don't worry O man, it wasn't only you, it was a team effort. Now dust yourself off and get back to work. Just watch out for the kryptonite.