Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Leading Candidate Bows Out of SecDef Job

Yeah, I wouldn't take this job either. 1) You're inheriting a big mess, 2) It's not clear your boss will let you clean anything up, 3) You are a C-Teamer simply by association with this wrecking crew.  If you've got talent, best to bide your time for Hillary or burnish your bi-partisan cred for a Rick Perry or other administration.  The worst career move you could make would be to sign onto this rolling disaster for two years.

Obama's problem from the beginning was shallow and narrow networks.  He was renting donkey talent so long as he had star power and could win elections.  Now that he's destroyed the Democrats and lacks all credibility with the populace, they're not letting him have access to the bench.  Expect the next SecDef to be an even worse choice than Hagel.

UPDATE:  I'm not the only one thinking along these lines.  End result, we're gonna have an inert placeholder in the job of Secretary of Defense for two years.  Hard luck for us.


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