A competent and rational president would have picked… perhaps a noted epidemiologist to coordinate the administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak, or perhaps someone from the military accustomed to mustering and managing large numbers of diverse people and resources.
Obama chose a fiercely partisan Democrat lawyer and lobbyist. These are the qualifications of freshly appointed Ebola Czar Ron Klain.
In January of 2011, Klain stepped down as chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden. Before that, Ron Klain was a well-connected Washington lobbyist. According to Senate lobbying disclosure records, Klain’s clients included Fannie Mae, U.S. Airways, Time Warner, CIGNA, and Imclone.
Klain also worked as chief of staff for former Vice President Al Gore, Janet Reno, the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. But that’s not all! Ron Klain did debate prep for both Obama and former president Bill Clinton. And if that weren’t enough, Klain was also general counsel of Al Gore’s election recount committee in 2000.
So, Klain was probably one of those guys high-fiving each other after disqualifying thousands of military votes over minor technicalities.
A cynic might suggest that his appointment shows Obama is more concerned with managing the political and public relations side of the Ebola outbreak the medical side.
This would be like George W. Bush putting Karl Rove in charge of the Hurricane Katrina response.