Hey guys, it’s confirmation week in the Fourth Reich and in addition to hawks and torture enthusiasts to lead the State Department and CIA, respectively (as if they are any different?), we also have the opportunity to bet on Harriet Miers II: Electric Boogaloo. I am of course referring to Dr. Ronnie Jackson to head up the VA. As you may recall his hapless predecessor David Shulkin was fired by Tweet (as one does) presumably because he was not selling off the VA to the highest bidder fast enough.
Anyway, Dr. Ronnie is well liked by everyone, but even though he’s an admiral, he’s never led anything larger than a medical practice, so he might be challenged by heading up a department with a budget in the hundreds of BILLIONS of Ameros and 300K+ employees.
- Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), who sits on the VA committee, told The Hill this week that Jackson “doesn’t have the experience you’d think would traditionally be required at the VA.”
- Sen. Mike Rounds (S.D.), another Republican on the committee, told The Hill that Jackson knows about health care, but “has very limited background in terms of managing groups.”
- White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short pushed back against these criticisms telling me: “Ronny Jackson is a small town kid who went to medical school, volunteered to serve our nation in uniform, has risen all the way up to Admiral, treated wounded soldiers in combat, has a dad who’s a veteran and a son who’s a Navy SEAL, has personally served multiple presidents, and yet members of Congress who have never managed a thing outside of their own congressional office have the audacity to say he’s not qualified before he even has a hearing.”
Mr. Short, as you may have noticed did not address the question of qualifications, but thanks for playing our game. Be sure to take some fabulous parting gifts.
Anyway, before we get too cocky that Dr. Ronnie will meet the same fate as would-be SCOTUS Justice Miers, let’s all remember this is the same administration that somehow managed to get Betsy DeVos & Ben Carson confirmed. This might be a trifecta.