Just as Glenn was venting about the incompetence in the CDC, news broke that Obama was finally going to take some action. His big solution? Appoint an Ebola czar. Worst part? It wasn’t someone with any concrete experience dealing with deadly diseases or medical issues - he decided to appoint Joe Biden’s chief of staff. That’ll solve it!
While the White House initially resisted the notion of a “czar” pushed by some Republicans, including Arizona Sen. John McCain, Obama said Thursday that naming a single point person to supervise the coordination makes sense.
“It may make sense for us to have one person … so that after this initial surge of activity, we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we’re crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s going forward,” Obama said.
Klain oversaw the distribution of federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus. He previously served as chief of staff for both Vice President Joe Biden and Vice President Al Gore.
Before the news broke, Glenn was critical of the effort to appoint another "czar" rather than fix the problem at the CDC.
"We don't need an Ebola czar. We need somebody at the CDC who's not a political appointment. We need somebody who wasn't there to tell us about bike paths and fancy sandwiches that were grown in the First Lady's garden."
Needless to say, once he heard Klain's resume he wasn't happy.
"An attorney. What does an attorney do? Let's be honest? What are they paid to do? They are paid to say no. No, no, no. There's no vision in attorneys. They don't have vision. When there's no vision, the people perish. There's trouble. There's real trouble. Real trouble," Glenn said.
"Maybe this guy is really good, because maybe Joe Biden is much worse than we have been led to believe
because his Chief of Staff covered up a bunch of problems. That's the last thing we need, someone who covers up a bunch of problems. What qualifications does this guy have to become the Ebola czar? An attorney?" Glenn said.