Yes, free the president from his flacks, fixers and goons — his
posse of smirky smart alecks and provincial rubes, who were shrewd
enough to beat the slow, pompous Clintons in the mano-a-mano primaries
but who seem like dazed lost lambs in the brave new world of federal
legislation and global statesmanship.
Heads should be rolling at
the White House for the embarrassing series of flubs that have
overshadowed President Obama's first seven weeks in office and given
the scattered, demoralized Republicans a huge boost toward regrouping
and resurrection. (Michelle, please use those fabulous toned arms to
butt some heads!)
First it was that chaotic pig rut of a stimulus package, which let
House Democrats throw a thousand crazy kitchen sinks into what should
have been a focused blueprint for economic recovery. Then it was the
stunt of unnerving Wall Street by sending out a shrill duo of slick
geeks (Timothy Geithner and Peter Orszag) as the administration's
weirdly adolescent spokesmen on economics. Who could ever have
confidence in that sorry pair?
I think that last question is supposed to be rhetorical. But if we take it straight, the answer, alas, is the President. I suspect that soon enough, Paglia will be wondering if some of the problems are actually coming from the top rather than the bottom or the middle of the Administration.