Today President Obama announced the appointment of Ron Klain as his administration’s “ebola czar.” Mr. Klain is a lobbyist and long-time political operative who is currently an Obama aide and has served as chief of staff to both Al Gore and Vice-President Biden. Klain also served as Chief of Staff or Staff Director for Attorney General Janet Reno, the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was a debate preparation advisor to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as Al Gore and John Kerry. Klain was General Counsel for the Gore Recount Committee in 2000, and was deeply involved in the Solyndra scandal. He has no experience or expertise relating to public health, infectious diseases or health care.
For final proof that Mr. Klain is nothing but a political hack, check out this tweet:
One of my fav things on Twitter? Seeing @ThePlumLineGS decimate — on the MERITS — conservative critics, in 140 chars or less.
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) December 21, 2011
Someone who thinks the Plum Line represents the apex of political argument is not exactly a sophisticated political thinker.
But, of course, that isn’t what Obama wants, just as he doesn’t want someone who actually knows anything about diseases. Such a person might prove difficult. Obama’s appointment of Klain tells us that he views ebola only as a political problem, and intends to treat it as such. Which is consistent with just about everything else he has done for the last six years.