The Dominos Fall

Today has not been a good day for the Obama administration and some of the cabinet nominees.  Of course, there was the highlight of Vice President Biden swearing in Eric Holder as AG but that may be the highlight for a few days.


While it did not totally look like Tom Daschle would not be approved for Secretary of Health and Human Services, the nomination was in trouble.  If nothing else, if Daschle did not withdraw his name from nomination, the hearings would afford several days of the administration being “off message.”  On top of the off message issue, the questioning of Daschle’s ability to lead the Department of Health and Human Services would have delayed any ability of the administration to begin health care reform. 


Daschle withdrew his name from consideration just a short time ago.  He did what was best for the country, though not necessarily best for Tom Daschle.  Had Daschle used his brain back in 2008 when filing his tax returns, this would be a mute point. 


That big domino fell but was preceeded by a smaller domino.  Earlier this morning, Nancy Killefer had withdrawn her name from consideration for Chief Performance Officer.  Killefer had failed to pay $900 in taxes.  This is a small domino after now Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner’s tax bill.  Somehow Geithner managed to get through the confirmation process.  Unfortunately for them, Killefer and Daschle did not.


Yesterday, as I was running to the 2 o’clock hour of CNN’s Newsroom, I was thrown with a report that the St Petersburg Times has a site that is keeping track of 26 pages of Obama campaign promises.  The more disturbing news, although I do not know why it is disturbing as it is politics as usual, is that the first campaign promise has been broken.


I have a hard time explaining to my first time voter son, who is currently enrolled in a NYS required Participation in Government class, how the good, the bad, and the ugly had already reared their heads in the new administration.  He did not see how the honeymoon could be over so soon.

First, I truly commend the Obama administration for trying to change “politics as usual.”  My problem, and one of the big reasons I was not an Obama supporter, is that those trying to make changes do not have enough knowledge of the system to do and have played the system previously and done so well.


I was excited to see that one of the first executive orders that President Obama signed was to initiate ethics reform.  Unfortunately, shortly after signing this order, Obama issued two waivers for it.


Is it reform if you immediately need to waive the requirements?


Is it reform if you set your goals so high that no one can achieve them?  I do not personally believe this is the case.  If the new president had brought new people to Washington to do the cabinet’s and the country’s business, those people may take longer to get going in doing this business but would not be tainted.

New Music

I use to – last year for a few months – pay to listen to Yahoo! Radio.  I liked that I could skip songs when I wanted, no limits.  As Christmas approached and my teenaged kids wanted things like  Wii games and iPod nanos, I needed the extra four dollars a month so went to the free version of Yahoo! Radio.  I still turn it on every now and then. 


Occasionally, when I go to turn on my station, I am intrigued by either album offerings that are not available yet – Early Edition – or videos.  Today it was an Early Edition that caught my eye, or should I say my ear.


I have spent the last bit of time listening to NCIS:  The Official TV Soundtrack.  I have only ever been really enthralled by a couple of series’ soundtracks.  One Tree Hill on the CW is one of my favs.  I didn’t know whether I would like this or not but I do love the NCIS soundtrack.  None of the music is really running music – which I am always looking for – but it is good.  I will look for this album after its Feb 10 release date.


You can give it a listen at, although I am not sure how long it will stay there.