Obama’s surprising (?) incompetence

Me, back in June 2008

Obama as Bush III – a guy of slightly more than average intelligence whose first term will be a triumph of cabinet politics over whatever Obama actually believed coming in — would be a good thing. If Obama is as incompetent as he appears, his incompetence ceases to be an issue, because he would not be able to implement his ideas.

The Economist, February 2009:

The bigger blow to Mr Obama comes not so much from the failure of a project that was never, given the nature of politics, really viable. It is that the latest episode contributes to a surprising picture of incompetence that is building up around his presidency. This is the third of his cabinet nominations to go down in flames, and he has also lost the woman whom he had hoped to appoint to the job of chief performance officer to the government. He should additionally count himself extremely lucky that he did not lose his treasury secretary, Tim Geithner, who failed to pay some of his taxes and who would surely not make it through to confirmation if he had to do now rather in the first post-inauguration flush.

While Obama’s Commerce pick have been failed attempts at political give-and-take, Obama’s loss of Tom Daschle is bad for his administration, and the country. Tom Daschle, for all his lobbying against the interests of his state, is an expert on health car, technology, and Washinton deal-making, and could have been very useful as the Department of Health and Human Services.

8 thoughts on “Obama’s surprising (?) incompetence”

  1. I agree with incompetence in general but not with Gregg. Gregg asked for the job, he told the President he could do it, and Obama chose him especially because of his potential contribution towards Obama’s future efforts on entitlement reform, not to mention its nice to have another Republican in the cabinet.
    So this is on Gregg. Obama and co. are not mind-readers and neither can they know the steel in a man’s spine. Gregg could not get over his buddies calling him a traitor and his more conservative constituents screaming at him in comment threads and phone calls about joining Obama’s team. Its Obama’s problem but not his fault.

    Now Zinni, Daschale, etc…. that’s just incompetence.

  2. Whether Eddie is right and Obama misread Gregg’s character, or Gregg is right and Obama’s powergrab to take administration of the Census away from Commerce [1], Obama made an arrogant & overconfident choice, and it bit him.

    This is hardly the end of the Obama administration. Clinton needed 3 tries to get an Attorney General.

    Rather, this is part of a patern of incompetence, as I predicted last year.

    [1] http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2009/02/_sen_judd_gregg_said.html?hpid=topnews

  3. Eddie

    Do you have a link to any story that Gregg asked for the job of Commerce Secretary? This is the first that I have heard of it. I had thought that, like most cabinet appointments, the move was initiated by the President’s team. Certainly it is possible that Gregg lobbied to get the job for himself bu I would like to see some evidence of that.

  4. the economist really frosts my ass with the phrase “surprising picture of incompetence.”

    whatever her shortcomings, sarah “barbie” palin had far more executive experience than barack “son of god” obama.

    bill “IQ175” clinton was not an appreciably better president than george “dumbass” bush.

    obama reminds me of nothing so much as will smith’s character in “six degrees of separation.”

  5. @doug; always nice to see another Republican racist in the house.

    Umm, wasn’t Gregg all about politics? Telling Senate Republicans that if they didn’t play ball he’d pick them off for Cabinet slots until there was a Democratic 60 seat majority. I’m not sure what happened, but I suspect Gregg realized how hard he was being played here….

  6. @charlie: racist?also, i read that commerce dep\t lifted sanctions on syrg to ia — would that have had anything to do w/ the dropped nom?
    ps -appologize for typos….my laptop sucks. vista burn in hell

  7. I don’t get charlie’s accusation of racism, but then I never saw the movie, so perhaps I’m missing something.

    On the ability of our leaders, last year I wrote [1]:

    Our “B-team” is composed of the political class — senators, presidents, and the like — who typically begin with a law degree and try to make their way in the aristocracy of poll.

    Mark in Texas, I’d like to see a reference for Eddie’s claim, too!

    And I am sure we all agree, no matter where we come from or what we do — that Vista is awful. [2]

    [1] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2008/08/19/the-best-and-the-brighest.html
    [2] http://vistasucks.wordpress.com/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *