The News Is Supposed to Be Things We Don't Already Know


Details from The Hill:

Former administration officials and Democratic operatives say President Obama is ill-served by his current White House staff and must reboot his second term team following the disastrous ObamaCare rollout.

First-term insiders argue the White House’s weakness was defined by a lack of preparedness, messaging blunders and failure to keep the president informed.

They say Obama’s team lacks depth after the departures of longtime advisers David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Robert Gibbs and Patrick Gaspard, and suggest new people must be brought on.

“You basically have [White House senior adviser Dan] Pfeiffer and [deputy chief of staff] Rob Nabors running the show politically, and that’s it,” one former administration official said.

The current White House appears to have “blinders” on, said another former senior official, adding “It’s been a weak spot for them during the second term. It’s not for a lack of advice, that’s for sure.”

The first term Administration guys never think the second term Administration guys are nearly as good as they were — and I’m having trouble remembering a case where that wasn’t the stone cold truth.

Of course, this particular batch of First Term guys seem to honestly think that ObamaCare was doable, or perhaps more to the point that it was doable by them. In light of that, I’d like to make a modest proposal. Since we seem to have given up debating the constitutionality of any given legislation before voting it into law, how about we at least first have a debate as to whether or not the federal government is competent enough to execute it?