So, President Obama met with VA Secretary Shinseki about misconduct at VA hospitals and made a statement on it awhile ago. Basically, he said our veterans deserve better, the allegations are terrible, he won’t stand for it, wrongdoing will be punished, etc., but let’s wrap up the investigation before we start lopping off heads.
This insistence on conducting a thorough review before sacking cabinet officials and turning the VA over to a private equity group sounds sensible. But it blatantly ignores the needs of two key players in our political reality show extravaganza: Republicans and horserace media types.
They’ve tried a vast array of scandals on for size only to come up empty every time, like Mama Boo-Boo flipping sadly through the rack at a fat-shaming Abercrombie & Fitch store. This state of affairs cannot persist.
Maybe it’s time for Mr. Obama to put rank partisan concerns about quality care for veterans and fairness toward caregivers and administrators aside and just fire some people and shutter some clinics already. Ron Fournier would praise him for his leadership if he did.