Why Doesn’t Obama Put Carville in Charge of the Gulf Operation?

Doug Powers by Doug Powers on July 15th, 2010

It’s no secret that I disagree with James Carville politically on almost every issue, but there’s been nobody more vocal in pointing out the abject failure that is the federal response to the BP oil spill as well as the job-killing, moronic drilling moratorium.

On these things, Carville “gets it” on fronts both economically and environmentally. Here’s his latest rant against the government’s response from an appearance on CNN. Transcript via HotAirPundit (video here):

“The people here have been so let down, the levees, the Federal government let us down, the MMS colossally let everybody down, now the government after they let us down with MMS failed to regulate these clowns. Now they come in and say just blanket stop everything out there… The people at the Interior Department that issued these things don’t have the foggiest idea about life here, don’t have the foggiest idea about what’s going on… They have got to do something about this because the Federal government is about to kill us…”

My question is this: Why won’t Obama put Carville in charge of operations in the Gulf? And I mean of everything, from deciding if the situation warrants a drilling moratorium on down. He’s a local resident, so he’d be locally accountable as opposed to people who are pulling the strings from a cell phone at a golf course in Maryland, and he understands what makes the Gulf economy tick.

Obama has already enlisted Bill Clinton to try and help save the Democrats’ asses in the upcoming election — why not enlist the guy who helped get Clinton elected to get the operation in the Gulf straightened out before it’s politically fatal, if it’s not already?

It would make too much sense, and therefore would be a very un-Obama-like thing to do. I think Carville’s a stone’s throw from accusing the administration of dragging their heels intentionally instead of due to sheer incompetence and the inevitable snail’s pace of bureaucracy — and I hope he does end up saying that. All the more reason Obama should enlist his help in an official capacity before he totally goes off.

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