Smirking Chimp has an excellent piece up on Senator Elizabeth Warren’s disappointment with the quality of President Obama’s appointees. As Richard Eskow put it, “Thank God somebody’s finally saying it, in a voice loud enough to be heard.”
Warren’s characterizations of the appointees, their previous roles, and the general situation are peppered with phrases like, “enough is enough,” “slimy tax loophole,” and “infestation.” The latest pick, the one earning the “slimy tax loophole” comment, is Obama’s recent pick of yet another Wall Street carrion-feeder to watch over our American
Dream Roadkill, and this one is rife with the kind of sick irony we’ve come to expect from down here in the trenches. Who better for a domestic finance policy position at Treasury than yet another banker, and this one with greater expertise in foreign finance, especially of the form that helps our businesses here relocate “over there” to avoid taxes.
The quality of Obama’s appointees has run counter to the wishes of the base that mobilized to put him and keep him in office for a long time now. The only useful function I see them serving is the one I noted last year: bellwethers of the president’s actual political leanings. What a funny bunch of choices for a raging socialist/communist/[insert other misunderstood word here] to make. Looking back, the only characterization in my old post I’d change is the one for Shinseki, and that one hardly affects the overall assessment.
Now if only more journalistic platforms would beat this particular drum, as it’s an important point for all sides to consider. Make sure, as well as you can, that you know what birds your particular peacock will flock together with. Grill them in advance about characterizing the kinds of people and backgrounds they’ll be looking for to fill key positions once they’re in office, pay attention, and hold them to it. Make their phone banks all but useless and keep them flooded the very first time there’s a twitch in the wrong direction, and never let up. Because, boy howdy, those on the left who thought they were getting a leftist looking out for the little guy sure got screwed on that front.
Turns out those peacock feathers were glued on over his real ones…vulture.