IRS scandal shows White House ‘lacks a strong chain of command’

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US President Barack Obama speaks about his administration's drone and counterterrorism policies on May 23.
US President Barack Obama speaks about his administration's drone and counterterrorism policies on May 23.
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Let me finish tonight with this.

There are two points I think everyone watching can agree upon.

Point one: the charges against the President have missed the mark. They are not about him personally because the cases that have been clumped together as “scandals” have occurred without him being involved. That doesn’t mean they don’t involve trouble, simply that they don’t point to the president as the trouble-maker - nor do they necessarily point to corruption. Much of this could just be governmental - or rather political! - ineptness.

But this gets to my second point: a failure of sharp, quick, on-the-job politics.

I still don’t get why the President wasn’t on top of the IRS mess from the moment his people heard about it. He could have been right there backing up the Inspector General, could have been the guy wearing the white hat instead of the one taking flak. He could have been on top of this mess instead of being vulnerable to charges of being behind it.

I continue to think the White House lacks a strong chain of command that the president trusts to keep him politically strong. As we read in Jonathan Alter’s new book, The Center Holds, the White House lacks the strong organization coherence of the campaign.

If anyone disagrees, from inside or outside the White House, please tell me the chief of staff is the top person reporting to the president.

Tell me that he has the ability to hire and fire and that he is the one giving orders of the President’s behalf – that he has the authority and the power to do so.

I just don’t see it. What I see are a group of people who aren’t confident the president has their back, not confident therefore to cover his back.

I’m calling it as I see it

IRS scandal shows White House 'lacks a strong chain of command'

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