Tuesday, February 03, 2009

It's messy, but Daschle withdrawal proves accountability works

If there is any lesson that the last year should have taught America's politicians it is this: complete your vetting before announcing your appointments. That lesson should have been seared into the minds of every American politician who watched the disaster of John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin for his vice presidential running mate.

There was a lesson to be learned there, and Obama learned a bit, but Obama didn't quite absorb the entire lesson. Obama absorbed the need to thoroughly vett his appointments, he just hasn't stage managed the process as well as he might. Obama's vetting process is weeding out people who should not hold appointed office, but it is doing it at the cost of a certain amount of embarrassment.

The withdrawal of Daschle is neither a "disaster" nor a "debacle" as some have tried to describe it. What it really is this: accountability. Daschle screwed up and Daschle is out, period. That's acountability folks and it can be messy at times, but we can take comfort in the fact that someone with an unsuitable background was prevented from taking appointed office.

In the final analysis, the full lesson of McCain-Palin and Obama-Daschle is this: thoroughly vett your appointments before you publicly announce your appointments.


maaadddog said...

Accountability? Daschle screwed up, AND Obama knew about it beforehand. AND once Obama learned about it, he still said that he had "full confidence" in Daschle. It wasn't until the NYTs and other liberal newspapers turned on Daschle that he suddenly ran into this so-called "accountability." It Daschle had not lost the support of NYTs, Chicago Tribune etc. there never would have been a damn thing done about his screw up. Sorta like the Geithner nomination.

The Richmond Democrat said...

Have you ever noticed that when a President expresses "full confidence" in someone it usually means they are about to be shoved out the door?

Yes, Obama was "behind" Dashle--and he pushed him.