Diary

The Obama Juggernaut Slows Down

More Cabinet vacancies than any President since George Bush the Elder. Even Clinton’s disastrous transition process went faster than this. Read it and weep.

Of course, the delays are justified when it comes to Tim Geithner’s tax shenanigans, Hilda Solis’s lack of transparency concerning her position in card check legislation, Tom Daschle’s potential conflicts of interest, and Team Obama’s general attempt to steamroll Republicans during the course of the confirmation process.

I do not for a moment underestimate the savvy and toughness of Barack Obama’s political shop. But they are not ten feet tall and it appears that they are slipping. Meanwhile, a reduced cadre of Senate Republicans is showing unexpected toughness in taking on the new President’s Cabinet appointees. Here’s hoping that the same attitude extends to the President’s policies.