Sunday, January 4, 2009

Obama didn't see that one coming

Welcome to the NFL Mr. President-elect. After all your careful vetting this one got by you.

Bill Richardson has to stay after school in New Mexico because there’s an indictment brewing that he might have been the bully stealing lunch money.

You see, one of his donors also happens to hold a bunch of New Mexico municipal bonds and the feds want to look into that. (For Blago, he was partial to concrete. Hit up the cement contractors then build another lane on the tollway.)

So Bill won’t be sitting at the big table as Secretary of Commerce.

What a shame. He came so well recommended.

Listen to what Ruben Navarrette said about Bill Richardson on December 5th as he was complaining about the lack of Latino representation in the Obama cabinet and grousing that Richardson wasn’t chosen as Secretary of State:
You would have thought Bill Richardson was a shoo-in for that job, with his gold-plated resume: Seven-term member of Congress; special envoy to North Korea, Iraq, Cuba and Sudan; U.N. ambassador; energy secretary; New Mexico governor and five-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering cease-fires and negotiating the release of hostages. What a slacker. I'm surprised Richardson never got around to securing peace in the Middle East.

Let's not forget that Richardson is the highest-ranking Latino official in the country, and that Latinos supported Obama over John McCain by a margin of more than 2-to-1 and helped the Democrat win four battleground states.

Let's not forget that Richardson, a former member of the Clinton Cabinet, burned his bridges to the Little Rock Mafia by endorsing Obama in the primary over Hillary Clinton. CNN contributor James Carville likened Richardson to Judas.

Let's not forget that Richardson had the blessing of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, an association of 26 national and regional Hispanic civil rights and public policy organizations whose leaders sent a letter to President-elect Obama recommending Richardson for secretary of state.”

Back to square one for Commerce. But Richardson goes back to being Governor of New Mexico. (It is hard to get rid of governors as we’ve discovered here in Illinois.)

Only 16 days until we have the change we can believe in. I can hardly wait.

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