NBC: Say, this 2nd-term transition has really been an “unforced error,” huh? Update: Rangel calls it “embarrassing as hell”

posted at 10:41 am on January 10, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

You think?  Chuck Todd and his colleagues at NBC certainly do, and they’re a bit mystified by it.  Writing at First Read, Todd et al suggest that Mitt Romney put more thought into the next Cabinet than Barack Obama did, and prepared better for it, too.  While some of the Cabinet appointment decisions got forced on Obama because of circumstance, no one seems to be in charge of managing the transition in order to minimize that very problem:

But since November, where the White House has fallen short — and seemed completely disorganized — has been in its planning for staffing the second term. For starters, Susan Rice’s and Chuck Hagel’s potential nominations to top cabinet jobs were allowed to twist in the wind for weeks, with Rice eventually pulling out of consideration for secretary of state and Hagel now in real fight to win confirmation as defense secretary. In addition, the White House yesterday announced that Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was leaving the administration — on the very day the New York Times ran a piece observing the lack of women in the administration. And also yesterday, the White House said Attorney General Eric Holder, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shineski are staying in a second term, but it didn’t announce what’s happening with the other cabinet secretaries, which then set off mini-feeding frenzies “are you staying, are you going?” for the cabinet secretaries not included on this seemingly arbitrary list.

Bottom line: The second-term cabinet shuffle has been an unforced error so far. (The reason why the White House is receiving criticism for a lack of diversity is that it has nominated three consecutive white men for cabinet posts — John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and today Jack Lew — but without a high-profile woman or minority thrown into the mix. And that doesn’t include John Brennan at CIA and a likely white male to be the next White House chief of staff.) Indeed, you could argue that the Romney folks thought a lot more about staffing a Romney administration over the next four years than Team Obama did about a second-term administration. In fairness to the White House, its top officials were so focused on the fiscal-cliff talks in the past two months. What’s more, this kind of disorganization isn’t unusual for a second term, especially after winning a hard-fought race for re-election. And finally, it’s a process story. At the end of the day, it’s likely that Obama’s second-term cabinet will have plenty of diversity and top-notch names. But the process hasn’t been pretty. Question for the White House: Why didn’t it have a second-term transition director? Someone whose full-time job was to keep an eye on the optics of how and when to announce, on the leaks etc.?

This goes to a chronic problem for Obama and his team — they’re a lot better at campaigning than at actual governing.  They can build successful organizations for winning elections and raising money, but they can’t figure out how to organize staffing decisions so that they don’t run into the Diversity Police after it.  Obama can rile up class-warfare passions to push for Buffett Rule tax hikes, but can’t write a budget that can gain a single vote in a chamber his own party controls … two years in a row.

With that in mind, should we be surprised that his second-term Cabinet rollout has produced embarrassment and backtracking?  Let’s not forget that his first Cabinet rollout produced the same kind of disorganization when it became clear that no one was vetting potential nominees, or at least not vetting them successfully.

After all, when Ruth Marcus at the Washington Post is skewering a Democratic President for a lack of diversity, you know something has run off the rails:

The face of power that President Obama has chosen to present to the country and the world with his second-term Cabinet picks is striking — except for the African American president at the top of the pyramid — for its retro look, white and male. It’s “Mad Men” Goes to Washington, except Peggy’s leaving.

On the foreign policy team, white guy for secretary of state, white guy for defense secretary, white guy for CIA. For Treasury secretary, white guy. Obama’s replacement as chief of staff — as yet unnamed, but the rumor mill names no one but . . . white guys.

To be clear: I’ve got nothing against white guys. Some of my best husbands are white guys. White guys get to be secretary of state, too, and John Kerry will be the first in 16 years. But to look at the most important jobs in the government, in 2013, and see such lack of diversity is just so drearily disappointing. …

The White House will point to women in other Cabinet positions — although one, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, has just announced her resignation — and to women in sub-Cabinet roles. Okay, but State, Defense and Treasury, along with Justice, are the Big Boy jobs. It matters if some of those boys are girls. It sends a disturbing signal when they’re not.

We can argue with this bean-counting point of view, but the White House can’t.  They ran on this bean-counting point of view, making fun of Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” comment that overlooked his more successful effort to produce gender balance on his gubernatorial cabinet in Massachusetts.  They are being hoist by their own petard, and as National Journal’s Jill Lawrence points out, it’s not likely to get any better now:

Say Obama wants to make a grand gesture; what jobs are left? If he names a female labor secretary to succeed Solis, that will keep him at the status quo. But it’s not a top job and it’s one many women have held. Plus Solis is Hispanic, so now there’s that to worry about as well.

The only immediate opening with stature roughly equivalent to secretary of State, Defense, or Treasury is Lew’s job as White House chief of staff. To name a woman, Obama would have to throw top mentionees Ron Klain (former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden) and Denis McDonough (currently deputy national-security adviser) under the bus. He does have some logical female options, starting with Nancy-Ann DeParle and Alyssa Mastromonaco. Both now hold the title of deputy chief of staff.

The most amusing part of this entire problem is that Obama had an opportunity to defuse it before it erupted.  Rather than pick Chuck Hagel, seen mainly as a way to stick a thumb in the eye of Republicans, he could have promoted Michelle Fluornoy at Defense instead.  Not only would that have interrupted the monochromatic (monogenderic, anyway) parade that has caught the media’s attention, it would have arguably been a much better choice anyway, and one much less likely to create controversy in the confirmation process.

These people are great at running campaigns.  Too bad they couldn’t just stick to that.

Update: How bad has it gotten?  Even Charlie Rangel’s “embarrassed as hell“:

The longtime Democratic House member from New York, whose district includes Harlem, made the comments in an interview on MSNBC. Obama has announced a series of high-profile cabinet nominations in recent days, all of who have been white men.

“It’s embarrassing as hell,” Rangel said. “You have to do these things because it’s the right thing to do as a symbol of what America stands for.”

When you’ve managed to embarrass the shameless, you’ve really accomplished something.


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This goes to a chronic problem for Obama and his team — they’re a lot better at campaigning than at actual governing

To quote Seinfeld

GET OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

ToddPA on January 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Just a lovers’ spat. The MSM will do the kissy-kissy-make-up thing in short order.

Liam on January 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Idiots on parade

cmsinaz on January 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Wow…. you mean to tell me that 0bama is an incompetent, unqualified manager who has no idea how to pick people for certain jobs based on their qualifications?

I am shocked. Shocked, I say!

UltimateBob on January 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I don’t buy it. If he’s creating a chaotic situation, there is a reason for it. You can get other things done while chaos is going on. Have as much controversy going on simultaneously and the opposition can’t target all of it. They can’t even target one thing because so many other things will distract from it. His media is grateful because they have an excuse to not focus on something they rather not focus on. He has more planned to drop into the chaos.

Buddahpundit on January 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Ineptness with this administration is eternal.

hillsoftx on January 10, 2013 at 10:49 AM

What if: Sandra Fluke for chief of staff? /eyebleed.

nobar on January 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Michelle is now in charge…

albill on January 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Remember this?

http://youtu.be/Kf6YKOkfFsE

What a genius!!!!

PappyD61 on January 10, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Michelle is now in charge…

albill on January 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

I doubt Valerie Jarrett would give up power that easily.

UltimateBob on January 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM

History will recall the time when a President was elected without ever being vetted.

Rovin on January 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM

But since November, where the White House has fallen short — and seemed completely disorganized — has been in its planning for staffing the second term.

…someone is organizing tee times and vacations instead!…WTF did you expect?
NBC…NoBodyCares !

KOOLAID2 on January 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM

I may be losing it here, BUT this could be a harbinger of what is to come from the MSM. Defending a lame duck isn’t as much fun as getting him re-elected.

Tater Salad on January 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Just a lovers’ spat. The MSM will do the kissy-kissy-make-up thing in short order.

Liam on January 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM

…I thought… it was a momentary shortage of condoms

KOOLAID2 on January 10, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Hey !
I think Obama is getting Alinsky’ed on this.
Serves him right.

I particularly liked Carney’s ” best candidate” line.

Too bad I am not allowed to do that at my job.

Jabberwock on January 10, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Elections = consequences. 4 year lame duck. This is only the tip of the iceberg. O could care less about any of this. All White House decisions will be based on knee capping anything Republican. The fact that the USA is in flames…. mehhh. Bush Bush Bush Bush Bush

drivingtheview on January 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM

This goes to a chronic problem for Obama and his team — they’re a lot better at campaigning than at actual governing.

They are a lot better at lying than actually doing something.You can’t govern effectively when the statements and promises you made are lies that are impossible to implement. Qualified people do not want to be put in a position to fail either.

Vince on January 10, 2013 at 10:57 AM

All these cabinet heads getting out runs parallel to a local story in Houston where over 700 teachers have walked off the job and told the union to get bent.

Could it be frustration brought on by lack of accountability at the senior levels in both cases?

DanMan on January 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM

This goes to a chronic problem for Obama and his team — they’re a lot better at campaigning than at actual governing.

Obama sounds like he’d be a darn good movie producer. Good at raising money and bringing fantasy to the masses.

BobMbx on January 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM

FORWARD!

Good Lt on January 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Bring back the Obamateurisms!!!

DeathtotheSwiss on January 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM

In fairness to the White House, its top officials were so focused on the fiscal-cliff talks in the past two months.

Right, because it takes a lot of time and effort to say no to everything./s

tommer74 on January 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM

“It’s embarrassing as hell,” Rangel said. ”You have to do these things because it’s the right thing to do as a symbol of what America stands for.”

When you’ve managed to embarrass the shameless, you’ve really accomplished something.

Meh…. Rangel is only responding because his hometown paper (the NYT) mentioned this. In about a week, all will be forgotten and it will be back to business as usual in this “administration.”.

Leftists have very short memories.

UltimateBob on January 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM

This goes to a chronic problem for Obama and his team — they’re a lot better at campaigning than at actual governing.

The vast majority of people in this world are not burdened by the size of chip Barry carries on his shoulder. I am sure at the end of each day he feels that alone is sufficient effort for a day’s work.

DaveDief on January 10, 2013 at 11:01 AM

“It’s embarrassing as hell,” Rangel said. ”You have to do these things because it’s the right thing to do as a symbol of what America stands for.”

We can ignore this. He’s just cranky because his belly button is sun-burned.

BobMbx on January 10, 2013 at 11:01 AM

This is the problem with the America that Democrats have wanted, and have created – people have to be given positions simply because of what they look like.

Obama should be allowed to nominate whoever he wants to regardless of what someone like Charlie Rangel thinks the composition of his cabinet should be.

milcus on January 10, 2013 at 11:02 AM

The RNC or someone (right, never mind the party of dumb) has to send a binder full of women to the White House today!

Maybe a separate binder for black men & women and one for Hispanics. Though, personally, I think separate but equal is a crock and they should all go in the same binder. But, that’s a question of presentation.

IndieDogg on January 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM

once you give up your principles to focus solely on opposition to barack the monster, opportunely joining the ranks of the diversity police is a no-brainer. it doesn’t really matter that this would be a chance to promote once-cherished conservative concepts of merit-based success and equal opportunity versus equal outcomes. we all know those are mere slogans, after all.

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

What do you expect from a community organizer? Ironically, he can’t actually organize anything outside of a campaign. He’s more of a divide and conqueror.

RDE2010 on January 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Well c’mon. Give ‘em a break.

Nobody could have known for certain the key polling locations could be infiltrated and controlled as well as Axelrod had planned.

He’s still surprised they pulled it off.

ROCnPhilly on January 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Obama is busy organizing a community of white guys.

steebo77 on January 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Maybe Obama didn’t think he was going to win the ’12 election.

portlandon on January 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

I may be losing it here, BUT this could be a harbinger of what is to come from the MSM. Defending a lame duck isn’t as much fun as getting him re-elected.

Tater Salad on January 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Nonsense, every member of the MSM will go to his/her grave defending Obama.

As to the Obama people, they don’t care if others are embarrassed or offended. They don’t care. The ends justify the means.

matthew8787 on January 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Man, Presidenting is hard!

Presidenting twice? Even harder!

Sgt Steve on January 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

This goes to a chronic problem for Obama and his team — they’re a lot better at campaigning than at actual governing

The statement is based on deeply misguided notion that Democrats campaign and win elections to govern, whereas they do that to rule.

Archivarix on January 10, 2013 at 11:09 AM

The other blatant Obama core belief is that being POTUS is a game – NOT a role of leadership. In every game, you have a winner and a loser (only problem is I have to explain true ‘game’ reality to my kids after every youth soccer game). Every decision Obama has and ever will make is based on one criteria; what decision makes me a winner and my fellow American enemies losers? That’s it. Rational decisions for love of country…, that’s childish way Boehner & McConnell negotiate

drivingtheview on January 10, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Take note. The MSM is complaining about the “lack of diversity” among the prospective appointees-not competence. It’s all about race and gender politics. In that order. I have problems with Oligula’s, h/t Karl Magnus, for reasons that do not include their race and gender. As usual, the complaints are about the superficial and not the substantive with the MSM, so whatever they say, I say “who cares?”

totherightofthem on January 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Even if all his cabinet are non-white it really means nothing… The people who control the democrat party are the White Liberal Elite and in particular White Liberal Men Elite (also know as Limousine Liberals)… The non-White liberals you see in power including Obama are just spokespeople for the White Liberal Men Elite…

mnjg on January 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Obama is busy organizing a community of white guys.

steebo77 on January 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Obama is only a puppet in the hands of the White Liberal Men Elite also known as the Limousine Liberals…

mnjg on January 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

NBC exposed themselves as Marxist sycophants during the election, now that their work getting the Marxist-in-Chief back into office is done they are trying to deceive the American public into thinking that they aren’t really Marxist sycophants. Sadly, it will probably work, the majority of Americans are so brainwashed and indoctrinated that they believe any and everything that the Fifth Column Treasonous Media tells them without question.

SWalker on January 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

These people are great at running campaigns. Too bad they couldn’t just stick to that.

Try though they might…

JohnGalt23 on January 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

The MSM could always say, “Look at all those white men working for a black boss. Progress!” /

Liam on January 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

“It’s embarrassing as hell,” Rangel said.

Hypocrites? Embarrassed?

ROF!

Thanks Onion.

antipc on January 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM

At least he waited for the transition to have his embarrassing, unforced error. Unlike Romney who did it in the general election.

besser tot als rot on January 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM

hey, if presidentin’ was as easy as smoking weed or writing two best sellers we’d be gravy.

Slade73 on January 10, 2013 at 11:15 AM

In fairness to the White House, its top officials were so focused on the fiscal-cliff talks in the past two months.

Balderdash. What you are saying is this administration can’t walk and chew bubblegum at the same time. How do you expect them to handle the vulgarities of National and International issues if they can only handle one issue at a time?

chemman on January 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Democrats: The party of old, rich, white guys.

CurtZHP on January 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM

They need a transition czar.If he was president of China his cabinet picks would be easy,all Chinese.

docflash on January 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

“It’s embarrassing as hell,” Rangel said.

Funny, that’s about how I would describe the US right now.

See, we can find common ground when we look hard enough!

Gatsu on January 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM

once you give up your principles to focus solely on opposition to barack the monster, opportunely joining the ranks of the diversity police is a no-brainer. it doesn’t really matter that this would be a chance to promote once-cherished conservative concepts of merit-based success and equal opportunity versus equal outcomes. we all know those are mere slogans, after all.

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

The problem is that he is not operating within the rules he and his party have pounded home to the rest of society.
Kind of saying “The rules are for thee, not me”
Not very Presidential, no ?

Quite frankly, I’d love to get back to strictly merit based decisions. I am tired of paying lawyers to vet my hiring decisions.

Jabberwock on January 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM

once you give up your principles to focus solely on opposition to barack the monster, opportunely joining the ranks of the diversity police is a no-brainer. it doesn’t really matter that this would be a chance to promote once-cherished conservative concepts of merit-based success and equal opportunity versus equal outcomes. we all know those are mere slogans, after all.

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Exhibit A that leftists don’t actually care about “diversity” except as a club to beat Republicans with. The minute someone on their side hires people based on job qualifications rather than picking them based on skin color and gender, they rush to make excuses.

Doomberg on January 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM

The GOP needs to demand Michelle Fluornoy for the Defense position. We call know there is NO WAY BO would nominate her after Hagel fails if it would be seen as conceding to GOP demands.

oconp88 on January 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Most of them still see him as such a genius that he really doesn’t need help. And even when he makes mistakes or slacks off.. well it is all good, anyway.

OK, go watch the movie Game Change for how duped, dull and occasionally delusional these people really are.

Now if this were President Sarah Palin…

IlikedAUH2O on January 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Hey Rangel. Don’t be such a wuss. He’s your boy so man up and own it!

platypus on January 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

“We can argue with this bean-counting point of view, but the White House can’t. They ran on this bean-counting point of view, making fun of Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” comment that overlooked his more successful effort to produce gender balance on his gubernatorial cabinet in Massachusetts. They are being hoist by their own petard …” – E.M.

How very true. The excruciatingly sad thing about this, as usual, is that Obama has never walked the talk and his fan base still doesn’t get it.
And “We The People” are stuck with him. *sigh*
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM

I will NEVER watch the movie

Game Change

Slade73 on January 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

once you give up your principles to focus solely on opposition to barack the monster, opportunely joining the ranks of the diversity police is a no-brainer. it doesn’t really matter that this would be a chance to promote once-cherished conservative concepts of merit-based success and equal opportunity versus equal outcomes. we all know those are mere slogans, after all.

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Not really.

We are pointing out how horrible his picks are from a substantive policy and experience perspective.

We’re also pointing out the incredible hypocrisy of Obama who we all know would rail against his own cabinet were it put together by a white GOP president.

gwelf on January 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Perhaps at last, the Media is discovering that Obama is best portrayed by the weak, incompetent little man inside the large, overwhelming, blustering facade in the “Wizard of Oz”. Or, in the more common vernacular . . . a blatant phony.

rplat on January 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

once you give up your principles to focus solely on opposition to barack the monster, opportunely joining the ranks of the diversity police is a no-brainer.

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

You err. Pointing out someone’s hypocrisy does not mean sudden agreement with his flawed, stated principles. But, let me ask you, does it ever get old having such a bankrupt ideology that you have to rely on strawman or some other fallacy to make just about any argument in support/defense of said ideology?

besser tot als rot on January 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Disorganization in this administration has been a hallmark. You might even call it “historic”.

GarandFan on January 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Leadership
The process of influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation, while operating to accomplish the
mission and improve the organization.

Bo knows none of this.

D-fusit on January 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Obama has an incredibly diverse team. He wants Chuck Hagel the anti-semite racist bigot homophobe as Sec Def!

gwelf on January 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Most of them still see him as such a genius that he really doesn’t need help. And even when he makes mistakes or slacks off.. well it is all good, anyway.

OK, go watch the movie Game Change for how duped, dull and occasionally delusional these people really are.

Now if this were President Sarah Palin…

IlikedAUH2O on January 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Oligula himself said a few years ago he doesn’t speech writers or any aides because he can do their jobs better than they can.

Liam on January 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

“It’s embarrassing as hell,” Rangel said

Hogwash. Rangel is not capable of being embarrassed.

forest on January 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

This is a bed made purely by your progressive brethren. Now that it is full of peepee and fleas, enjoy your nap.

Patrick S on January 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Let me know when you get it.

blink on January 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

hahahahahahaha

Slade73 on January 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Who really cares baout Cabinet appointees? It’s abundantly clear that none of them have any actual policymaking roles in this Administration anyway; it’s ALL being done in the White House by people we never hear about who never have to have a confirmation hearing. And THAT is the real problem.

But it is kind of fun to watch liberals whining about Obama doing a poor job of window-dressing.

BTW, arguably the best and most effective member of Obama’s first term Cabinet was the white guy, Sean Donovan at HUD.

rockmom on January 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I don’t know why anyone is surprised. Obama has always counted on white male politicos and power brokers to get him to his goals. Why would he change now? Only his base of followers bought into the brother from the neighborhood meme. And the LSM pushed it because it fit their narrative and bias about Blacks in general.

Deanna on January 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

once you give up your principles to focus solely on opposition to barack the monster, opportunely joining the ranks of the diversity police is a no-brainer. it doesn’t really matter that this would be a chance to promote once-cherished conservative concepts of merit-based success and equal opportunity versus equal outcomes. we all know those are mere slogans, after all.

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

**eyef^ckingroll**

It’s about hypocrisy, you loon. Sort of like this:

Inconvenient Truths About Al Jazeera

M2RB: Cheap Trick

The dream green PC truth police, they live inside of my head
The dream green PC truth police, they come to me in my bed
The dream green PC truth police, they’re coming to arrest me, oh, no

You know that talk is cheap,
But the $100 million cheque
Is a cross that I can bear.

(Very loud, audible sigh)

Resist We Much on January 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Obama’s inner team couldn’t solve a 1-piece puzzle!

Bob in VA on January 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Maybe Obama didn’t think he was going to win the ’12 election.

portlandon on January 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

You are correct sir. Additional evidence, -the study group on whether the president has a license to kill.

slickwillie2001 on January 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I don’t buy it. If he’s creating a chaotic situation, there is a reason for it. You can get other things done while chaos is going on. Have as much controversy going on simultaneously and the opposition can’t target all of it. They can’t even target one thing because so many other things will distract from it. His media is grateful because they have an excuse to not focus on something they rather not focus on. He has more planned to drop into the chaos.

Buddahpundit on January 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Winner!

HiJack on January 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

This goes to a chronic problem for Obama and his team — they’re a lot better at campaigning than at actual governing.

No sh!t? Really?

Dopenstrange on January 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM

So is this ad-MINI-stration sending the message that its Pretty Fly to be a White Guy? /

rsherwd65 on January 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

once you give up your principles to focus solely on opposition to barack the monster, opportunely joining the ranks of the diversity police is a no-brainer. it doesn’t really matter that this would be a chance to promote once-cherished conservative concepts of merit-based success and equal opportunity versus equal outcomes. we all know those are mere slogans, after all.

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Poor attempt at deflection and it isn’t working. You know this isn’t about anyone but Obama and company. They chose the meme and now have to put their money where their mouth is. Doesn’t matter what we say or think, we’re not the ones making the choices.

Deanna on January 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Well Said – “Buddahpundit” on January 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM

“When the facts aren’t on your side, dazzle ‘em with büllshít”.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM

“It’s embarrassing as hell,” Rangel said. ”You have to do these things because it’s the right thing to do as a symbol of what America stands for.”

America stands for superficiality and astonishingly irrational and foolish choices, like selecting governors according to naughty bits, skin tone, and squeaky social records?

Post Turtles.

Axe on January 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Exhibit A that leftists don’t actually care about “diversity” except as a club to beat Republicans with. The minute someone on their side hires people based on job qualifications rather than picking them based on skin color and gender, they rush to make excuses.

Doomberg on January 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM

you’re just underlining the problem: you, too, are exhibit A that you don’t actually care about conservative slogans if an opportunity to attack the president presents itself.

it’s all good, though, it’s not like we’re any different from sports fans, but let’s not pretend otherwise.

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

This is Obutthead’s SADministration: Small crap resigns. Big crap stays. Obamuh nominates leftover crap. And we’re stuck with 4 more years of lame-duck crap.

Any questions?

stukinIL4now on January 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Simple: they didn’t expect to win. And would not have if the Republicans were not so intimidated by the Democrat media….

devan95 on January 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

you’re just underlining the problem: you, too, are exhibit A that you don’t actually care about conservative slogans if an opportunity to attack the president presents itself.

it’s all good, though, it’s not like we’re any different from sports fans, but let’s not pretend otherwise.

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Alinsky Rule 4:

“Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

Resist We Much on January 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM

We are pointing out how horrible his picks are from a substantive policy and experience perspective.

We’re also pointing out the incredible hypocrisy of Obama who we all know would rail against his own cabinet were it put together by a white GOP president.

gwelf on January 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

but you’re also missing an opportunity to point out how stupid gender and ethnic quotas are. that would actually be promoting conservative ideas.

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Obama should be allowed to nominate whoever he wants to regardless of what someone like Charlie Rangel thinks the composition of his cabinet should be.

milcus on January 10, 2013 at 11:02 AM

He can and has nominated whomever he wants. That doesn’t mean they will be confirmed by the Senate. Your post makes it sound as if his nominations should be approved without question even when they make talk about Jewish conspiracies and aggresive gays. Even when the nominee for SecState clearly hates the military. Even when the nominee for Treasury is clearly an unqualified idiot.

Which brings me to the most offensive part of all this. We are weighing cabinet appointments not by accomplishment or qualification but by pigmentation and genitalia.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

you mean to tell me that 0bama is an incompetent, unqualified manager who has no idea how to pick people for certain jobs based on their qualifications?

Barry doesn’t need ideas for selecting people for jobs in his admin. He has mentors who put forth to him the most ideal candidate for a certain postion and he just runs with it.

For sure, the candidate must share the same political ideology and passion for accomplishing Barry’s goals, and they must never, never, outshine him in intelligence, intellect nor charisma.

hawkeye54 on January 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM

you’re just underlining the problem: you, too, are exhibit A that you don’t actually care about conservative slogans if an opportunity to attack the president presents itself.

it’s all good, though, it’s not like we’re any different from sports fans, but let’s not pretend otherwise.

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

You speak as if a conservative cannot be offended. We can be.
And we have a pretty good understanding of right vs. wrong.

The attack on the President is because he is NOT living up to his own ideals. The same ideals that he, you and other liberals push upon us.
If he doesn’t care much for our “slogans”, why is he practicing them ?

Jabberwock on January 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

And would not have if the Republicans were not so intimidated by the Democrat media….

devan95 on January 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Oh! Come! On! How does the GOP beat back the MSM when it is so bad that Candy Crowley puts down the bucket of fried chicken long enough to tag team attack Romney while “moderating” the second debate? How do you beat back absurd claims about Romeny causing the cancer of a parasitic union thug’s spouse or claims that the GOP wanted to ban all abortions?

I do fault the GOP for ignoring some of this absurdity instead of addressing it in the ways they can but IMO the GOP was not intimidated by the Democrat media so much as they were drowned out by it and thought that the number of stupid greedy moochers was far less than it was. The Dems didn’t win this election through intimidation they won it because the GOP failed to recognize the Honey Boo Boo faction of truly worthless human beings who really have no stake in society.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Apparently, you’re too stupid to understand that this is EXACTLY what this post is.

blink on January 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

i understand the motivation behind posting this and have no problem with it. it’s the run-of-the-mill “even liberals like ruth marcus…” type post. at the same time, one would expect a conservative true believer to question what ruth marcus’s problem is.

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Liberals love deflecting when they’re called on their own values. Typical of them in general, and especially of the trolls here. It’s all about show, not substance among liberals. When they make a bad show, they attack their critics on substance in hope the liberal substance isn’t closely examined.

My real question is, are these new people really the best? A lot of people seem to have issues with them. I don’t care about quotas, but I see nothing except mediocrity at best with this Administration. And when Oligula isn’t being pedestrian and amateurish, he’s aiming for the lowest common denominator; second-rate is this gaggle’s concept of ‘thinking outside the box’.

Liam on January 10, 2013 at 12:06 PM

The attack on the President is because he is NOT living up to his own ideals. The same ideals that he, you and other liberals push upon us.
If he doesn’t care much for our “slogans”, why is he practicing them ?

Jabberwock on January 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

bullshit.

And finally, it’s a process story. At the end of the day, it’s likely that Obama’s second-term cabinet will have plenty of diversity and top-notch names. But the process hasn’t been pretty.

we all know that there’ll be plenty of diversity in the cabinet, and that scribes have to fill their columns with something.

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Alinsky Rule 4:

“Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

Resist We Much on January 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Sadly you can’t do that to people who have no rules, whose only guiding principal is that the end justifies the means.

SWalker on January 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Too bad the low info voters who elected him based on Romney’s “binders of women” are not paying any attention now that the election is over.

I hope this gets a lot of press on the Sunday talk shows.

HellCat on January 10, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Sadly you can’t do that to people who have no rules, whose only guiding principal is that the end justifies the means.

SWalker on January 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

“principle” :)

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Sadly you can’t do that to people who have no rules, whose only guiding principal is that the end justifies the means.

SWalker on January 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Oh, they have rules. The rules they try to impose upon us.

As I wrote a couple of years ago:

Political correctness is only the weapon that the Left uses to redefine words, enforce regimentation, curtail free speech and thought, and create strawmen, in which “The Socialist/Liberal/Progressive View” is the default and only correct position. “All economists, philosophers, anthropologists, social workers, etc., agree, yada, yada.” Any contrary view is based on bigotry, racism, xenophobia, fear, greed, selfishness, cruelty, intolerance, indifference, hatred, etc. If you are against Progressive Idea A, then you obviously want babies to starve, women to die, the planet to spontaneously combust, etc. Unlike the realities of their Socialist dystopias, there are no shades of gray.

Whenever given the opportunity, we must make them live by the rules that they claim to live by and seek to force on others. No hypocrites allowed.

Resist We Much on January 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

bullshit.

sesquipedalian on January 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Per Jay Carney, WH Spokesman, jobs are for ” best qualified” cadidates.

Sounds like one of our “slogans”

I’ll grant you that he is not yet done filling his cabinet, but his start lends itself to comment.

Jabberwock on January 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Is Team Obama going over a cliff?

moonsbreath on January 10, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Say, this 2nd-term transition has really been an “unforced error,”

Like the 1st Term Transition (“Smoothest Transition Evuh”) wasn’t?!

easyt65 on January 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Is Team Obama going over a cliff?

moonsbreath on January 10, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Not without Thelma and Louise !

Jabberwock on January 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Not surprised

PastorJon on January 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

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