Abandon ship: Senate Dems Udall, Walsh say Shineski must go after brutal VA IG report

posted at 6:01 pm on May 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

Consider this an open thread for following other Democratic defections, of which I assume there’ll be more before the end of the day. Mark Udall was the first to lower the boom:

John Walsh, who was appointed a few months ago after Max Baucus left the Senate to become ambassador to China, followed Udall by calling for Shinseki’s firing later this afternoon. What do those two guys have in common? Right — they’re both facing the voters in November with a very real chance of losing. Walsh trails by double digits in deep-red Montana and Udall’s clinging to a narrow lead against a strong challenger in Cory Gardner in purplish Colorado. What you’re seeing here, simply, is two vulnerable incumbents deciding after today’s IG report that Shinseki is irredeemably radioactive. More will follow. The next to fall, presumably, is Mark Pryor, who not only has the same reelection problem as Udall and Walsh but who’s facing a Republican in Tom Cotton who’s a veteran himself. The Cotton attack ad writes itself: “When I got home from Iraq, I trusted that the VA would be there for me and my friends. That trust has been betrayed. And Mark Pryor’s done nothing about it.” Pryor knows it’s coming too, which is why he signed on as a co-sponsor of Marco Rubio’s VA Accountability bill this afternoon. He’ll drop the hammer on Shinseki soon enough. And by “soon enough,” I mean “possibly before dinner.”

For what it’s worth, after more than five years of inaction, this is suddenly a very high priority for Shinseki:

“I respect the independent review and recommendations of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding systemic issues with patient scheduling and access. I have reviewed the interim report, and the findings are reprehensible to me, to this Department, and to Veterans. I am directing that the Phoenix VA Health Care System (VAHCS) immediately triage each of the 1,700 Veterans identified by the OIG to bring them timely care.

“I have already placed the Phoenix VAHCS leadership on administrative leave, and have directed an independent site team to assess scheduling and administrative practices at the Phoenix VAHCS. This team began their work in April, and we are already taking action on multiple recommendations from this report.

“We will aggressively and fully implement the remaining OIG recommendations to ensure that we contact every single Veteran identified by the OIG. I have directed the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to complete a nation-wide access review to ensure a full understanding of VA’s policy and continued integrity in managing patient access to care. Further, we are accelerating access to care throughout our system and in communities where Veterans reside.

A White House spokesman this afternoon told the press that Denis McDonough briefed Obama on the IG report and that The One found it “extremely troubling” — again, a good five years too late. Remember, by the IG’s own count, no fewer than 18 reports about problems in VA scheduling have been issued by their office since 2005. Obama campaigned on fixing the problem. And today he’s “troubled.”

Exit question: Let’s start a pool. What time does Pryor abandon ship? Specify your answer to the exact minute, please.

Update: Annnnnd no sooner did I set this post to publish than Ed pinged me with news of a new Democratic defection. Kay Hagan, another weak red-state incumbent in deep trouble this fall, heads for the lifeboats:

Update: Most House Democrats are sticking with O so far, but not all:


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Ship sinking. Rats jumping ship. Dems, next.

vnvet on May 28, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Exit question: Let’s start a pool. What time does Pryor abandon ship? Specify your answer to the exact minute, please.

I’ll go with 6:17.

Bitter Clinger on May 28, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Soon.

= Believe it when I see it.

Bmore on May 28, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Maybe the problem is deeper than Shinseki. Maybe its government.

MTF on May 28, 2014 at 6:07 PM

“You’re doing a heckuva job there, Shinny…….Oh, wait….”
/Obama

Bitter Clinger on May 28, 2014 at 6:07 PM

What? All this over JUST Phoenix?
-Libfree
/

CW on May 28, 2014 at 6:08 PM

7:06 and forty seconds. For democrats, it’s ugly women and aborted children first.

TinFin on May 28, 2014 at 6:09 PM

The funny thing is that these guys/gals had to wait for the IG report before deciding that Shinseki is bad news.

Bitter Clinger on May 28, 2014 at 6:09 PM

He will probably want to miss the news hour, I’ll go with 7:30 pm. If not, it will be mid-morning tomorrow, around 9 am or so

JusDreamin on May 28, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Another evacuation.

forest on May 28, 2014 at 6:09 PM

I call 23:58 hours, aka Two Minutes To Midnite.

Christien on May 28, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Soooooooooo, can I assume King Putt is next? Er, good god, that leaves Biden. Oh well, it is an ugly world.
Go ‘Bama.

Chuck Ef on May 28, 2014 at 6:11 PM

The time will be 7:02 p.m.

BroncosRock on May 28, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Soooooooooo, can I assume King Putt is next? Er, good god, that leaves Biden. Oh well, it is an ugly world.
Go ‘Bama.

Chuck Ef on May 28, 2014 at 6:11 PM

I’ve said it before. Can Biden do any worse than Barky? And the entertainment quotient goes up exponentially.

Bitter Clinger on May 28, 2014 at 6:15 PM

The BandWagon get bigger’er:

Tweets All / No replies

Jake Tapper ‏@jaketapper 21m

Sen @kayhagan says it “is time for (Shinseki) to step aside and allow new leadership to take the helm at the VA to correct these failings”

Jake Tapper ‏@jaketapper 46m

.@RepJeffMiller calls for Shinseki’s resignation, says VA employees may face criminal charges

Jake Tapper ‏@jaketapper 57m

Sen @JohnWalsh, D-MT, the Senate’s only Iraq War veteran: “It is time for President Obama to remove Secretary Shinseki from office.”

Jake Tapper ‏@jaketapper 2h

Coming up on #TheLead, 1st live interview w/@HouseVetAffairs chairman @RepJeffMiller who just minutes ago called for Shinseki resignation

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:12 PM

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Tonight’s hearings couldn’t be timed more appropriately.

The VA/WH refuse to confirm the people who were asked to testify.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 6:18 PM

7:16

docflash on May 28, 2014 at 6:18 PM

I’ll go with 6:17.

Bitter Clinger on May 28, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Seems I missed.

Bitter Clinger on May 28, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Landreau tomorrow. Morning.

rbj on May 28, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Since AP started a pool but didn’t pick for himself, he is assigned 6:66…I mean 7:06pm. Tinfin’s pick is rounded up to 7:07pm.

Christien on May 28, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Consider this an open thread for following other Democratic defections, of which I assume there’ll be more before the end of the day. Mark Udall was the first to lower the boom:
===================================================

The Dems board the Shame Train:

Joe Manchin
2h
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, calls for independent outside audit of Department of Veterans Affairs allegations – @ChadPergram

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:21 PM

A Dem KOOL_AID Drinker:

https://twitter.com/ChadPergram

Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 2h

#Breaking Top Dem on Hse Vets Affiars Cmte Mike Michaud (D-ME) says VA Sec Shinseki should NOT step down.

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:22 PM

In whatever thread libree next shows up, this needs to be nailed to his forehead.

itsspideyman on May 28, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Let’s see…

Begich, Mark–AK
Pryor, Mark–AR
Udall, Mark–CO Check
Coons, Chris–DE
Schatz, Brian–HI
Harkin, Tom (retiring)–IA
TurbanDurbin, Dick–IL
Landrieu, Mary–LA
Markey, Ed–MA
Levin, Carl (retiring)–MI
Franken, Al–MN
Baucus, Max–MT
Hagan, Kay–NC Check
Shaheen, Jeanne–NH
Booker, Cory–NJ
Udall, Tom–NM
Merkley, Jeff–OR
Reed, Jack–RI
Johnson, Tim–SD
Warner, Mark–VA
Rockefeller, Jay (retiring)–WV

Gentlemen and ladies–start your spin machines!

Source: http://www.senateconservatives.com/site/races

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 6:24 PM

The VA needs the same healthcare as has the entire clan of crooks in DC.

Let them all defend why they’d vote against such, ahead of the 2014 elections.

Plus, Japan is NOT proud of Shitseki,

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Location of VA Boink Ups Alert:

https://twitter.com/ChadPergram

Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 25s

Sources: House VA cmte hrng tonight could reveal locations in addition to Phoenix where there have been significant problems.

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 50s

Hse documents reveal VA tried to get cmte to excuse VA’s Michael Huff from hrng tonight. Chair Miller says request “is beyond presumptuous.”

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Sorry, no quotes…same content.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 6:24 PM

5:59 PM, May 30th

RickB on May 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Brave Veterans were systematically put on waiting lists and died painful deaths just so bureaucrats could cook the books and receive a bonus…

… and this guy just gets to walk away?

O_o

Seven Percent Solution on May 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Shinseki’s date with the bus is Friday evening.

ConstantineXI on May 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Veterans Affairs hospitals secret waiting lists allegations
37s

Sources: House Veterans Affairs committee hearing tonight could reveal locations in addition to Phoenix where there have been significant problems – @ChadPergram
see original on twitter.com

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM

So who will the replacement be? Max Cleland?

rw on May 28, 2014 at 6:26 PM

5:59 PM, May 30th

RickB on May 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Make that 4:59 PM

RickB on May 28, 2014 at 6:27 PM

He’ll drop the hammer on Shinseki soon enough. And by “soon enough,” I mean “possibly before dinner.”

heh!

ted c on May 28, 2014 at 6:27 PM

In whatever thread libree next shows up, this needs to be nailed to his forehead.

itsspideyman on May 28, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Finally. An actual scandal.

libfreeordie on May 19, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Brave Veterans were systematically put on waiting lists and died painful deaths just so bureaucrats could cook the books and receive a bonus…

… and this guy just gets to walk away?

O_o

Seven Percent Solution on May 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Seven Percent Solutions: Good to see ya 7%,…me thinks a Stealth..

……………… DEATH PANELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:27 PM

He’ll drop the hammer on Shinseki soon enough. And by “soon enough,” I mean “possibly before dinner.”

He doesn’t have a replacement, yet.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Programming Note

May 28, 2014
Veterans Administration Health Care Wait List

Veterans Affairs Department officials testify about the alleged destruction of an unofficial patient waiting list associated with the Phoenix VA health care system. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chair Jeff Miller (R-FL) conducts the hearing.

This program has not yet aired

<a href="http://www.c-span.org/live/?channel=c-span-2Airing LIVE Wednesday 7:30pm EDT on C-SPAN 2

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 6:28 PM

I am directing that the Phoenix VA Health Care System (VAHCS) immediately triage each of the 1,700 Veterans identified by the OIG to bring them timely care.

haven’t a few dozen of them died already??

ted c on May 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Maybe the problem is deeper than Shinseki. Maybe its government.

MTF on May 28, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Government is full of the laziest, the least intelligent, the incompetent, and the there’s president Obama who’s even worse.

ConstantineXI on May 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

5:59 PM, May 30th

RickB on May 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Make that 4:59 PM

RickB on May 28, 2014 at 6:27 PM

RickB:

I’m going with,

by 3:00PM Thursday:)

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Programming Note

May 28, 2014
Veterans Administration Health Care Wait List

Veterans Affairs Department officials testify about the alleged destruction of an unofficial patient waiting list associated with the Phoenix VA health care system. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chair Jeff Miller (R-FL) conducts the hearing.

This program has not yet aired

Airing LIVE Wednesday 7:30pm EDT on C-SPAN 2

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 6:28 PM

forgot to proofread…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM

haven’t a few dozen of them died already??

ted c on May 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Lowers the wait times…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 6:31 PM

4:30 EST Friday
<48hrs

ted c on May 28, 2014 at 6:32 PM

This program has not yet aired

<a href="http://www.c-span.org/live/?channel=c-span-2Airing LIVE Wednesday 7:30pm EDT on C-SPAN 2

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Newtie The Beauty: Have this bookmarked,..almost the same:)


http://www.c-span.org/live/

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Abandon ship: Senate Dems Udall, Walsh say Shineski Shinseki must go after brutal VA IG report

Typo alert in headline.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 28, 2014 at 6:33 PM

It won’t help Dems unless Shineski actually resigns. What’s amazing is that the Republicans can’t get any traction on these scandals. I wonder why?

lea on May 28, 2014 at 6:34 PM

I am directing that the Phoenix VA Health Care System (VAHCS) immediately triage each of the 1,700 Veterans identified by the OIG to bring them timely care.

What GEN Shinseki doesn’t understand is that they’ve already been triaged….. I mean, Shinseki was a combat arms guy—armor, I think. He wasn’t a healthcare provider, nor was he a healthcare administrator.

ted c on May 28, 2014 at 6:34 PM

O will triple down.

Top men from the NSA are briefing, individually, those members of Congress who are showing signs of disrespect. By 0900 tomorrow, Shinseki will be a knight in shining armor who needs time to clean this up.

BobMbx on May 28, 2014 at 6:35 PM

4 pm, Friday.

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Sure these Dems are calling for this resignation. Two reasons 1. being re-elected and 2. finding a fall guy to take the heat off their Guy in the WH. Win,win!

sandee on May 28, 2014 at 6:38 PM

They can call for Shinsheki’s ouster but the issue is that they ALL voted for Obamacare and the VA is Obamacare so their efforts are futile.

:::evil witchy laugh:::

Key West Reader on May 28, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Seven Percent Solutions: Good to see ya 7%,…me thinks a Stealth..

……………… DEATH PANELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Fine by me old friend…

Seven Percent Solution on May 28, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Senate Dems Udall, Walsh say Shineski must go after brutal VA IG report

Well sooomebody needs to do the Democrat President’s job, because it sure as hell ain’t gonna be Barack Obama.

Dusty on May 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

UPDATED: House Dems Calling on VA Sec. Shinseki to Resign: Scott-GA Barrow-GA Peters-CA Tim Ryan-OH Braley-IA Barber-AZ Sinema-AZ Nolan-MN

Buncha purists.

xblade on May 28, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Senate Dems Udall, Walsh say Shineski must go after brutal VA IG report

And remember the buck never ever stops at Obama’s desk….

sandee on May 28, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Let’s start a pool. What time does Pryor abandon ship? Specify your answer to the exact minute, please.

16:35.

He has to give the news anchors time to write it into their scripts for the 5:00 news.

AZCoyote on May 28, 2014 at 6:43 PM

politicians are liars…..and I mute them all the time.

And you right wing talkers, when these liars get on your show (like Rove, Boehner, Paul Ryan, Cornyn, Bushes (pick one) I turn the station or turn it off until I think they are done.

After nearly 50 years of listening to the lies/crap I have heard enuf to fill a freaking coal mine 100 x.

MUTE THEM!!

PappyD61 on May 28, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Rahall & Garcia too MT @frankthorpNBC House Ds Calling on Shinseki to Resign: Scott, Barrow, Peters, Tim Ryan, Braley, Barber, Sinema, Nolan

— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) May 28, 2014

Yep, Peters will be in a tough one in San Diego, plus a lot of Veterans here.

JusDreamin on May 28, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Obama. The Pretender in Chief…

sandee on May 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm,……

A Plan to Help VA Eliminate the Claims Backlog

On May 22nd, joined by veteran groups on Capitol Hill, committee members unveiled a 10 bill legislative package designed to help the VA accomplish its goal to eliminate the backlog by 2015.

http://democrats.veterans.house.gov/sites/democrats.veterans.house.gov/files/documents/VA%20Claims%20Backlog%20Legislative%20Package_0.pdf

http://democrats.veterans.house.gov/

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Clearly, the VA’s double books/double waiting list system was authorized by the obama White House as a cost saving measure – this is not something that could have occurred organically – it was all carefully crafted and choreographed. Ultimately, whatever happens going forward – whatever actions democrats take – will boil down to protecting obama and hiding his role in the VA’s actions.

Pork-Chop on May 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Our vets won’t be safe until the unions are gone. Stop protecting the unions, Democrats.

blink on May 28, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Off with your head. Without public sector unions i.e., TAXPAYERS funding their salaries AND Democrat candidates, the Democrat party would cease to exist.

Key West Reader on May 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Who the heck is that swine dropping saluting in the back ground?

avagreen on May 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Fine by me old friend…

Seven Percent Solution on May 28, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Seven Percent Solution:–:)

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

The trouble is that these types of guys think they are the fountain of knowledge–and calls for resignations go unheeded (cough Geitner, Cough cough Sebelius). It is no wonder that the administration trusts them to investigate themselves because they inherently believe that they know it all and could not be possibly surpassed by some peasant oversight.

ted c on May 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Barber-AZ Sinema-AZ Nolan-MN

Buncha purists.

xblade on May 28, 2014 at 6:41 PM

I don’t know about the others, but Ron Barber is in my district, and he is probably scared to death. He barely won his last election here, and one of his potential challengers next time is Martha McSally, a former fighter pilot.

A scandal about sick AZ vets dying because of federal government malfeasance and neglect is the last thing Barber wants to deal with right now.

AZCoyote on May 28, 2014 at 6:48 PM


House Committee on Veterans Affairs

http://veterans.house.gov/

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:49 PM

But remember everyone this is not a scandal according to Democrats. This is a Republican attempt to politicize a small isolated issue in one VA office that is being done by low level GS4 clerks. This has not been going on for 10+ years and Obama was not briefed on it when he won in 2008, he just found out about this in the news just like we did.

My A$$. This one got away from the MSM and Dems because of two things, Election year and it directly affected Vets.

Johnnyreb on May 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 38m

Rep Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) statment calling on Shinseki to resign: http://hensarling.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/hensarling-calls-on-secretary-shinseki-to-resign
=========================================

Hensarling Calls on Secretary Shinseki to Resign
May 28, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), issued the following statement today calling on Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to resign.

“As head of the VA, Secretary Shinseki bears ultimate responsibility for any misconduct at the department during his tenure. Today’s interim report from the Inspector General confirms that the problems of neglect and mistreatment are worse than the initial allegations that shocked the nation. While I appreciate General Shinseki’s years of military service to this nation, there must be accountability for the state of negligence and mismanagement throughout the department if we are going to correct this deplorable situation. That accountability needs to start at the top and it needs to start immediately.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to our nation’s military heroes that can never truly be repaid. We must ensure they have the care they need, when they need it. I am committed to ensuring we fix the problems at the VA and keep our promise to our nation’s veterans.”

###

http://hensarling.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/hensarling-calls-on-secretary-shinseki-to-resign

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Clearly, the VA’s double books/double waiting list system was authorized by the obama White House as a cost saving measure – this is not something that could have occurred organically – it was all carefully crafted and choreographed. Ultimately, whatever happens going forward – whatever actions democrats take – will boil down to protecting obama and hiding his role in the VA’s actions.

Pork-Chop on May 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The VA is OBAMACARE.

That is the message that must be driven home to every American household.

The Dem’s cannot run away from this, nor can they embrace it. They must be publicly shamed for their reprehensible and irresponsible votes. And they will.

Key West Reader on May 28, 2014 at 6:52 PM

40-41-42-43-44-45-46-47 Murder indictment count against Shinseki.
47-46-45-44-43-42-41-10 President’s favorable polling.

MaiDee on May 28, 2014 at 6:52 PM

old and busted: #WarOnWomen

new and scandalous: #WarOnVeterans

ted c on May 28, 2014 at 6:53 PM

ted c on May 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Ted C!!! Have you run for office yet? How the heck have you been?

Key West Reader on May 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

My A$$. This one got away from the MSM and Dems because of two things, Election year and it directly affected Vets.

Johnnyreb on May 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM

And the Main Stream Media needed relevant headlines for Memorial Day Weekend.

wren on May 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Carnak says…

Shinseki will take to the microphone soon to say that:

he has decided to step aside in order that

the work necessary to bring some closure to these allegations of mismanagement

can proceed expeditiously without the distraction of the various calls for his resignation.

In order to focus

on getting to the bottom of

any potential problems within the VA

he has asked President Obama to appoint a successor.


Whaddaya bet?

Dolce Far Niente on May 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Results for #VAscandal

https://twitter.com/hashtag/VAscandal

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Have you run for office yet? How the heck have you been?

Key West Reader on May 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

i’ve been well thank you. Run for office? me….nahh!
**better things to do** :)

ted c on May 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

he has asked President Obama to appoint a successor.

Whaddaya bet?

Dolce Far Niente on May 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Rep Tammy Duckworth

if he does appoint a replacement soon, I bet its her

ted c on May 28, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Dean Heller ‏@SenDeanHeller 3m

It is time for a leadership change at the @DeptVetAffairs at the highest level. #VAScandal http://www.heller.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=ffa1a45c-1e0d-47a3-8c54-bd68b44d55be

ted c on May 28, 2014 at 6:59 PM

to assess scheduling and administrative practices at the Phoenix VAHCS.

Seriously? How about what they say it is. That’s about par for this administration.

Shinseki needs another IG investigation like Obozo needs another Keystone analysis.

He jumps ship at 11:00 AM, 29 May 2014.

Patriot Vet on May 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Bitter Clinger on May 28, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Ha! Good point! I was not thinking. It would be SNL everyday!

Chuck Ef on May 28, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Clearly, the VA’s double books/double waiting list system was authorized by the obama White House as a cost saving measure – this is not something that could have occurred organically – it was all carefully crafted and choreographed. Ultimately, whatever happens going forward – whatever actions democrats take – will boil down to protecting obama and hiding his role in the VA’s actions.

Pork-Chop on May 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

This was going on long before Obama won in 2008. In fact he was briefed on this problem when he won. There is no doubt he didn’t address any of this, but he is not to blame for starting this mess, he just made it worse by directing the VA to reduce wait times even further.

Johnnyreb on May 28, 2014 at 7:05 PM

I guess the one way to get Mr. Obama to do away with these navel gazing wait-it-out investigations is to have his D colleagues flood the zone with calls for resignations.

ted c on May 28, 2014 at 7:05 PM

itsspideyman on May 28, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Well, something should be nailed to Libby’s head. I could offer something more productive, though painful.

Jus’ kidding!!!!! Sheesh.

Chuck Ef on May 28, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Shinseki should lose his pension and benefits.

Mass murder (only 40 disclosed thus far) plus abuse of a human corpse (numerous Vets remained dead, in a morgue – numbers still not disclosed) is punishable by imprisonment.

The bottom line is that Barack Hussein Obama is the CnC. He should accept his degree of 100% accountability, step down or feign illness and just resign. Biden would be a comedy show but at least I think he still loves his Country. Not so sure about Obama.

Key West Reader on May 28, 2014 at 7:08 PM

This was going on long before Obama won in 2008. In fact he was briefed on this problem when he won. There is no doubt he didn’t address any of this, but he is not to blame for starting this mess, he just made it worse by directing the VA to reduce wait times even further.

Johnnyreb on May 28, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Let’s not forget Mooch’s “outreach” program to American Veteran’s Families. What a charade. She needs to be shamed along with DOCTOR Jill Biden.

/Valerie Jarrett, the Iranian is still Obama’s top advisor. Iran has publicly stated that it will not rest until America is destroyed, yet Valerie Jarrett still has no accountability.

Key West Reader on May 28, 2014 at 7:10 PM

The Politics of White House Firings

Would giving Shinseki the axe be good for Obama’s poll numbers?

By LARRY J. SABATO
May 26, 2014
*************

When presidential popularity sags, the predictable calls begin: Off with their heads! The heads, of course, belong to key administrators and Cabinet officials who are perceived to have contributed to whatever woes are besetting the president.

The calls come from both friends and foes of the White House. The friends want to satisfy and silence baying opponents with a pound of prominent flesh; the foes hope it’s just the first pound.

President Obama has been resistant to dismissing any senior person. He refused to fire Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius during the disastrous Obamacare rollout (though Sebelius later resigned). Nor has he, as of this writing, dismissed Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, despite widespread problems in the VA that are ballooning into a damaging scandal.

If Obama gave Shinseki his walking papers, it would be out of character for this president. Except for Gen. Stanley McChrystal, it is hard to think of any significant appointee shown the door during Obama’s first five years in office. (McChrystal was fired in June 2010 after his unflattering comments about the president surfaced in a Rolling Stone article.) Plenty of White House aides have cycled in and out, some perhaps nudged out the door, but “no-drama Obama” clearly does not like to make headlines with splashy sackings.

(More….)
===========

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/why-obama-isnt-going-to-fire-shinseki-107060.html#.U4ZtUXbDWgZ

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 7:15 PM

United States House of Representatives
4m
US House passes bills to provide veterans with sexual trauma support, jobs training by voice vote – @thehill
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canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM

by the IG’s own count, no fewer than 18 reports about problems in VA scheduling have been issued by their office since 2005.

But Obama only learned about it “in the newspaper”.

What the hell does Washington do with “reports”? Other than wipe their collective asses?

GarandFan on May 28, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Rep Tammy Duckworth

if he does appoint a replacement soon, I bet its her

ted c on May 28, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Why? Is it because it takes a crook to catch a crook? Per Duckworth’s Wiki:

Duckworth previously served as Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs from April 24, 2009 to June 30, 2011, and as the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs from November 21, 2006 to February 8, 2009.

Dusty on May 28, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Biden is in CO this past few days. He campaigned with Udall yesterday. No doubt he passed the word that it would be fine with Obama if Udall called for Shinseki’s resignation. Udall is in trouble in CO for his re election.

Lee Jan on May 28, 2014 at 7:32 PM

May 28, 2014
Veterans Administration Health Care Wait List

Veterans Affairs (VA) Department officials testified about the alleged destruction of an unofficial patient waiting list associated with the Phoenix VA health care system.

LIVE NOW:

http://www.c-span.org/video/?319594-1/va-hospital-waiting-list-records

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Veterans Affairs hospitals secret waiting lists allegations

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At House VA Committee on Veterans Affairs hearing, Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., tells officials, ‘I will not stand for a department cover-up’ – @ChadPergram
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Veterans Affairs hospitals secret waiting lists allegations
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Photo: Veterans Affairs officials appear at House committee evening hearing – @KellyO

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Tweets
Tweets and replies

Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 32s

VA Cmte chair Jeff Miller: It takes repeated requests and threats of compulsion to get VA to bring their people here.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 56s

#Breaking At Hse VA cmte hrng. House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL): I will not stand for a department cover-up.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 50s

House VA cmte hearing on VA scandal begins.

canopfor on May 28, 2014 at 7:36 PM

And so the hearing begins

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 7:37 PM

And Thomas Lynch starts with the “little information to go on” escape…

I think I’ll need more popcorn…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 28, 2014 at 7:38 PM

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