To be fair, it takes time to properly staff a new Administration. Vetting is a process that can take many months, particularly for those potential nominees who have no previous security clearance. However, from Bill Richardson to Tom Daschle to Charles Freeman to Rodgin Cohen and many more, the current level of ineptitude in filling the nation’s key government positions is staggering.
I’m reminded of all the idiotic calls late last year for President Bush to summarily step down from office and hand the Presidency to Barack Obama prior to January 20th, the inauguration date mandated by the Constitution. Had that occurred, the scene depicted in the SNL skit where the Secretary of the Treasury doesn’t even have anyone in his office to answer calls would have been repeated across countless DC departments.
Unfortunately, I’m becoming increasingly concerned that President Obama was in need, not of an early debut, but of training wheels.