Andy Warhol was half-right. In the future every Biden administration member will get dragged for 15 minutes.
The Biden administration is an impressive collection of inappropriate appointments by incompetents who have the right politics, identity politics quota, political connections, favors, or knew somebody.
Why was Xavier Becerra picked as health and human services secretary? His only real health care experience was suppressing investigative reporting of Planned Parenthood abuses in violation of the First Amendment. Also political connections to Kamala Harris.
Someone drew up a list on a napkin and decided this guy was the right fit during a pandemic. Now he also makes an ideal goat.
“White House officials have grown so frustrated with top health official Xavier Becerra as the pandemic rages on that they have openly mused about who might be better in the job, although political considerations have stopped them from taking steps to replace him, officials involved in the discussions said.”
But not from leaking about how much he sucks to the Washington Post.
“Top White House officials have had an uneasy relationship with Becerra, the health and human services secretary, since early in President Biden’s term. But their dissatisfaction has escalated in recent months as the omicron variant has sickened millions of Americans in a fifth pandemic wave amid confusing and sometimes conflicting messages from top health officials that brought scrutiny to Biden’s strategy, according to three senior administration officials and two outside advisers with direct knowledge of the conversations.”
Nothing communicates how broken this administration is than the constant flow of hit pieces and leaks from “senior administration officials” targeting members of the junta… to an unwilling media that just wants to pump up the administration.
“Becerra, a former California attorney general and longtime congressman with little health-care experience, was never given a clear role in a response that is run out of the White House, prompting defenders to say it is unfair to blame him for recent stumbles.”
Was anyone, including Biden and Kamala, given clear roles?
From the start, the effort was run out of the White House and led by presidential counselor Jeff Zients, a former Obama economic adviser with extensive management experience known for helping repair HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website that struggled to launch in 2013, but no public health background. He communicates directly with health leaders, including Fauci, Walensky and Murthy, often referred to as “the team of doctors.”
Although all of those officials technically report to Becerra or his deputies, the health secretary was never given a clear role in the response and joined the administration in late March, more than six months after Biden aides had begun to draw up a detailed covid battle plan.
It is sometimes unclear who makes final decisions or is in charge of carrying out initiatives, with Zients absorbing much of the portfolio that would have gone to an HHS secretary in previous administrations… As a result, several officials described an often confusing structure, with leaders like Fauci, Walensky and Murthy dealing primarily with Zients’s team, others reporting jointly to Becerra and Zients, and some messages getting muddled or lost as a result.
So no one knows who’s running anything. That seems to be the defining trait of this administration.