In a twisted way, I see this story this story as good news; it’s not like the Obama was making any headway on ethics or transparency; quite the contrary. And even the fact that Obama is transferring this role to a “keep it close to the vest” partisan who has been involved in past shady dealings (e.g. Toracelli)–is refreshing; at least now the mask is off and The One is in effect admitting that he has no interest in “transparency”. And Ethics? Bwahahahahaha!
This is easily the most opaque, non-transparent and non-ethical Administration in US history (although Nixon comes in a very close second on the some fronts, especially his paranoia about letting out information…):
President Obama has abolished the position in his White House dedicated to transparency and shunted those duties into the portfolio of a partisan ex-lobbyist who is openly antagonistic to the notion of disclosure by government and politicians.
Obama transferred “ethics czar” Norm Eisen to the Czech Republic to serve as U.S. ambassador. Some of Eisen’s duties will be handed to Domestic Policy Council member Steven Croley, but most of them, it appears, will shift over to the already-full docket of White House Counsel Bob Bauer.
Bauer is renowned as a “lawyer’s lawyer” and a legal expert. His resume, however, reads more “partisan advocate” than “good-government crusader.” …
You can say that again; read the rest… Perhaps I am good with this news because it is a half-full type of day for me. On the downside, I would not expect to see the story on CNN or MSNBC, or even the broadcast networks.
But that’s why we are here, right?