#rsrh The REAL bad news for Obama about John Bryson’s ‘leave of absence.’

The news that Commerce Secretary Bryson will be taking a (presumably medical) leave of absence after a series of traffic accidents (including one hit-and-run) last weekend is in fact bad news for the President, but not for the reasons that Politico suggests.  After all, as Ed Morrissey notes, Commerce is not exactly a prominent Cabinet office and Bryson has not exactly been a notable – or even noticed – Secretary.  And while it’s true that Barack Obama’s month has started badly and does not look to be getting better any time soon, this entire event is fairly small beer.

No, the reason why this event is still bad news for the White House is simpler: it’s demonstrating that media organizations like Politico think that titles like “John Bryson’s leave of absence adds to Obama’s bad news” will drive traffic. former PA Governor Ed Rendell to the contrary, stories with this kind of slant suggest that the Media is looking forward to using its favorite story: The God Who Turned Out To Be A Man After All – with Barack Obama being the ‘hero’ of the story*.  At this rate, the President should start practicing his wistful and melancholic looks, since he’s going to need them for the inevitable and interminable retrospectives on his past time in office that will be springing up.  Continue reading #rsrh The REAL bad news for Obama about John Bryson’s ‘leave of absence.’

#rsrh If you’re wondering who Commerce Secretary John Bryson is…

.. John Bryson is a former environmental lawyer and the co-founder of the virulently Green (anti-nuke, anti-coal, anti-LIGHT BULB edition) Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  To give you an idea of how reputable that group is: in 2009 the NRDC raised $866K in Massachusetts… approximately 1% of which went to the actual charity (the average was 43%).  I’m uncertain whether to be disgusted at the (perfectly-legal) diversion of funds, or simply relieved that more of the money didn’t end up enabling hardcore Greenie activists.

Anyway, the guy reportedly had a seizure of some kind that caused him to get into three accidents with two cars and get cited for felony hit-and-run.  Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured; and, obviously, I hope that Commerce Secretary Bryson gets the help that he needs for a full recovery from his condition.