In many ways, the Administration’s reaction to Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) shakedown comment says more about the Obama team’s modus operandi than anything else officials have said or done in the past month. They would rather focus on developing a political response than on formulating an appropriate executive solution.
Let us hope then that rumors are true of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s imminent departure. It could not come soon enough. He is a political operative extraordinaire. His expertise is the down and dirty of electoral politic, not the nuts and bolts of executive administration.
Emanuel and his team delight in such “political gifts” which they hope will make up for their absence of administrative accomplishment.