Honestly, I’m only passing it on because the New York Post front page is making me laugh, for all the wrong reasons. I suspect there’s no chance at all that they can prove that Valerie Jarrett was behind the leak. Which is, of course, not the same thing as saying that she didn’t do it…
What we have here is a failure to communicate. And if Valerie Jarrett really is the President’s gatekeeper, then she’s responsible for what happened to the guy this weekend:
…Although I am starting to wonder whether Official Washington is gleefully setting Valerie Jarrett as the scapegoat for all of the Obama administration’s many, many communications sins. Very possibly: the woman is hated, the woman is feared, and best of all: the woman is not from Dizzy City. Mind you, I’m not really upset if Valerie Jarrett is being set up to take the fall, largely because she’s kind of earned it and I don’t see how her impact crater is going to splash over on anybody I care about. Guess that means that This Town is getting to me, too. Maybe I should change my filtration mask filters…
Oh, this will be fun.
Almost since the start of Barack Obama’s presidency, people who have actual, real duties in the West Wing of the White House—the working, executive part of the government, that is—have been urging him to do something about Valerie Jarrett. Push her into the East Wing, where she can hang out with Michelle Obama and the White House social secretary, or give her an ambassadorship—or something—but for Pete’s sake get her out of the way of the hard work of governing that needs to be done.
Now it’s really time to do it.
Continue reading And so it begins.
Stories like this (via Hot Air Headlines) are merely the harbinger:
[Valerie] Jarrett appears to exercise such extraordinary influence that in some quarters on Capitol Hill she is known as “Rasputin,” a reference to the mystical monk who held sway over Russia’s Czar Nicholas as he increasingly lost touch with reality during World War I.
No one suggests that Jarrett is solely responsible for the administration’s slow response to the crises, contradictory communication, and labored political calculation that have become its hallmarks.
Continue reading Start the clock on Valerie Jarrett leaving this administration.
I presume that she knows this: it’s just that admitting that Hey, I am the insider-public face for the most incompetent, feckless, and downright ineffectual Presidential administration in living memory would probably be too personally embarrassing. I mean, sure, we all know that once Barack Obama is out of office there’s going to be a lot of people in Valerie Jarrett’s own party that are going to settle some scores, with malice aforethought. And I presume that Jarrett knows that, too. But the woman has her own personal pride; she’s not going to want to talk in public about how poor her life choices have been.
Via Hot Air Headlines.
PS: I don’t care if it’s a school board election: we would make the race a national issue.
OK, now that I can actually see this Daily Caller article I’m not sure that I buy it:
At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL mission, according to an explosive new book scheduled for release August 21. The Daily Caller has seen a portion of the chapter in which the stunning revelation appears.
…largely because I have a definite dislike of anonymous allegations, particularly when they’re not backed up by any other evidence. I find it at least mildly difficult to believe that people would have been able to keep this a secret for this long; this isn’t the Bush administration, which means that there’s no inherent loyalty there. It’s not impossible, but I am definitely wary of any unsourced allegation that happens to reinforce my already low opinion of this administration.
The Weekly Standard’s Matthew Continetti, on Valerie Jarrett, Obama crony:
Many have wondered—and the Washington Post asked last year—“What, exactly, does Valerie Jarrett do?” No one has a clear answer. Whatever she does, the U.S. taxpayer pays her $172,200 a year to do it.
Continue reading #rsrh QotD, Ouch. Just… Ouch Edition.
A pleasant beginning to the week, no?
First it was President Barack Obama, then White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, now U.S. Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias is joining the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial subpoena list.
Giannoulias is in the middle of a hard fought campaign against Congressman Mark Kirk for the right to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Obama.
So there’s no doubt that being dragged into the Blagojevich trial is not welcome news for the Democratic candidate’s campaign.
Continue reading Blago subpoenas Giannoulias.
More accurately, it was a source from the White House Counsel’s office:
The counsel’s office places part of the blame on the Office for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, which is overseen by Obama Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President Valerie Jarrett. Jones’s “czar” job was created by the OIAPE, and Jarrett interviewed Jones for the position. In speeches before far-left groups over the past five months, Jarrett touted Jones’s hiring, in part, because the groups, many of which count 9/11 truthers and radical environmentalists and anti-capitalists as members, were familiar with Jones’s brand of anti-Americanism and economic radicalism.
(via Jim Treacher) Well, most accurately of all this was an anonymous shot from one faction of the White House against another faction of the White House. Welcome to Washington, DC. Continue reading White House: It was all Valerie Jarrett’s fault!