President Bush, a White House official said, “was not facing the same level of obstruction. Twenty-eight of President Obama’s nominees have been held on the Senate floor for more than three months. At this point in the Bush administration, only six of his nominees had been waiting that long.”
Interestingly enough, at this point the two administrations had something in common: a Democratic-controlled Senate. Apparently, the Obama administration is now admitting that their boss is less competent at domestic politics than was Bush; something that we all already knew, but it’s nice to have it confirmed.
See also Hot Air for more, and The New Ledger for why all of this is abject cowardice on the part of the White House. A quick summary: Donald Berwick hates our healthcare system, wants to replace it with the monstrosity that the British have saddled themselves with, and the White House knows that a confirmation hearing would a: have all of that come out; and b: force a bunch of Democratic Senators to vote in his favor just before the midterm elections.
You know, George W. Bush wasn’t afraid of a little controversy when he thought that the underlying issue was important enough. How does it feel to have voted for a coward for President, anyway? – I wouldn’t know; I’m a Republican.