Which is handy, actually, since they can now be blamed for anythingeverything.
Why do I mention this? Well, as you’ve no doubt heard by now, VA Secretary Shinseki has (finally) resigned his post. The only surprise about this “entirely political soap opera” is that the resignation/firing/whatever didn’t happen already (via @Doc_0):
“…Contrary to Obama’s pitiful spin attempts, there is no question that these awful deeds took place at VA clinics. Reports about those doctored wait lists have been in the hands of top officialssince last year.
Endangered Democrats in purple and red states only started yelling for Shinseki’s scalp when they performed a political calculation and realized the public was now fully engaged and furious…”
It’s a horrifying situation highlighting just some of the built-in (and entirely predictable) problems with government-run healthcare. Whether Shinseki was complicit with the problem, or utterly ignorant of it, doesn’t really matter. One is just as bad as the other if you’re the one in charge. Either way, he had to go.
But don’t tell that to Bernie Sanders. No, no, no, he’s got the REAL culprit in all of this nailed dead-to-rights:
Let your mind drift back to any number of incidents and scandals over the past 5+years: the failed Obamacare website; the AP phone records; the IRS. And then ask yourself: what was President Obama’s reaction?
It’s always the same: only the reasons for itchange. And this time, Barack’s reason for being more upset than you (or anyone else) is the burgeoning VA scandal.
‘…White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough took to CNN Thursday to say that “nobody’s more mad than the president.” Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters the president is “concerned and angry” about the situation.
That, as my colleaguesColleen McCain Nelson and Ben Kesling write, reprised, nearly verbatim, a similar White House tactic from last fall’s health-care website debacle. In October, Mr. Obama spoke of his anger in the Rose Garden. “Nobody’s madder than me about the fact that the website isn’t working as well as it should,” he said...’
Especially since his Nobody’s-More-(blank)-Than-Me shtick usually is in regards to some level of incompetence or illegality perpetrated by the Government. You know, that big Federal thingamajig of which he’s ostensibly in charge??