After trying (unsuccessfully thus far) to derail the careers of Scott Pruitt and Ben Carson, the Democrats finally landed themselves a live one last week when they forced Dr. Ronny Jackson to withdraw his name from consideration for the top spot at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Accusers came out of the woodwork to say that Dr. Jackson, who has admirably served two presidents as the official White House physician for years, was a pill pushing, sexually harassing, drunk driving rage monster who could be trusted with a Walgreens job, much less one of the largest bureaucracies on Washington.
Why did these allegations never surface before? Why isn’t there one official record of any of these incidents? These questions and more may never be answered because Jackson decided he ultimately didn’t want the job badly enough to go through the left’s fire and fury.
And this is exactly what the Democrats wanted.
See, these deceitful clowns know they don’t have to have control of Congress to block good people from serving in the Trump administration. They’ve learned that they can use the media and a host of anti-Trump #Resistance warriors to make things so bad on any potential nominee that they’ll simply refuse the job. Who wants a government position so badly that they would be willing to put themselves and their families through all of this crap? A fair and tough confirmation hearing is bad enough.
What the Democrats are doing, though, is ensuring that only the crooked and desperate (or the truly angelic) would be willing to put themselves through their paces. And human nature being what it is, the fact of the matter is that there are very few “truly angelic” people walking around. Fewer than usual when you get to Washington, D.C.
Of all the agencies in the federal government, the VA needs and deserves a qualified leader more than most. We’re not sure whether or not Jackson was the man for the job. Hell, we’re not sure there’s ANY man who can rescue this disastrous agency from its problems. This is a situation that may call for nothing short of a systemic overhaul, which may or may not need to include some degree of privatization. But we do know that the men and women who might have had what it takes to pull the VA out of its current quagmire will now be less willing to put their names forward for the gig.