I didn’t expect that so many people would be leaving the Obama Administration so soon. And yet, as my latest column for the New Ledger points out, that’s precisely what they are doing:
Personnel departures from an Administration are not supposed to take place en masse until either the end of a one-term Presidency, or well into the second term, when it is clear that the President in question is a lame duck. But as with so many other subjects, when it comes to personnel, the Obama Administration is breaking new ground.
There have certainly been a host of firings during the course of this young Administration. Certain of those firings have been out-and-out appalling; behold an example of a firing that simply should never have taken place. But the ones I want to focus on demonstrate that there appears to be a sense of disorganization, disorientation, and crisis about this Administration.