The appointment of Ron Klain to save us from Ebola is another one of President Obama’s specialities: Pasta Fiasco. Klain is a Democratic operative. His major life’s work has been protecting, promoting and serving the White House as chief of staff to Vice Presidents Biden and Gore. How are we going to trust what he says and does?
And who’s ever heard of him outside of Washington? And where is he, anyway? The White House hasn’t even introduced him to us.
Give me a break.
If Mitt Romney really isn’t serious about running for president, and if President Obama was ever serious about his post-2008 election idea of giving Romney something important to do, let’s make Romney the Ebola Czar.
Here are five reasons why he would be a better Ebola czar than what’s-his-name:
1. He has a commanding presence and reassuring way about him. Americans need that in a crisis.
2. Everyone knows him. A familiar face is helpful in leading Americans through a time of peril.
4. He has significant executive experience through his work at Bain Capital and through other endeavors, like steering the 2002 Winter Olympics away from financial disaster.
4. He’s run a huge government agency before – AKA the State of Massachusetts.
5. Unlike even Obama himself, Romney knows how to work with members of the opposite party, having pushed his Romneycare legislation through the Massachusetts legislature. His choice would be a signal, unlike Ron Klain, that Obama isn’t going to worry about the politics of Ebola.
We all know Romney. He has his flaws, including an insufficient commitment to conservative ideology. But does anyone doubt that Romney would knock heads, make decisions, keep the public informed, and cut through the bureaucracy?
And I’m sure there are plenty on either side of the aisle who at this point wouldn’t mind if Obama lent him the Oval Office to work out of.
H/T to Aaron Goldstein at the American Spectator who first came up with the idea of Romney as Ebola Czar. Photo credit: Greg Skidmore.