November 17, 2011

Go back to the beginning!

“I am waiting for you, Vizzini. You told me to go back to the beginning. So I have. This is where I am, and this is where I’ll stay. I will not be moved.”

Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride, waits in the Thieves' Forest for a new set of instructions because the plan he was part of has fallen apart and that was the instruction if the plan fell apart.

That's not a bad idea.  Let's go back to the beginning of the Obama administration and take a look at what the common thread was, early on in the administration.  From Timothy Geithner, to Bill Richardson to a number of others, there were concerns out of the gate that the president was not vetting his appointees very well.  In fact, it was downright bad.  At that point it should have been clear - the administration was being formed based on ideology and not competence.

Bull rush.
That never really changed.  There was Van Jones, there was Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, there was Kagan.  And there was Stephen Chu.

Stephen Chu it appears, as were so many other zealots in the Obama sphere, is ready to fall on his sword to keep Obama free of any blame in the Solyndra scandal (via ABC);
Energy Secretary Steven Chu will accept full responsibility Thursday for the decision to risk $535 million on Solyndra, the government-supported solar panel manufacturer that shut its doors earlier this year laying off 1,100 workers, and is now the subject of multiple federal investigations.

"As the Secretary of Energy, the final decisions on Solyndra were mine, and I made them with the best interest of the taxpayer in mind," Chu has written in testimony prepared for his first appearance before Congress to answer questions about the failed loan.

"I want to be clear: over the course of Solyndra's loan guarantee, I did not make any decision based on political considerations," says Chu's prepared testimony, which was made public by his aides late Wednesday. "My decision to guarantee a loan to Solyndra was based on the analysis of experienced professionals and on the strength of the information they had available to them at the time."
Let's take that back to the beginning.  If the president is not acting politically, and he wasn't involved in the Solyndra bull rush, then with Chu, as with his other appointees, he's just plain bad.  He's making bad appointments and that in itself does not inspire confidence in his decision-making skills.

No matter whether it was a bull rush to appoint ideologues or a bull rush to get a green energy loan to an undeserving company (it was both actually), the president doesn't get to come out of this unscathed.

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