Rich Galen

Even THAT's not the best part. The best part is Vice President-elect Joe Biden, according to Paul Kane's reporting in the Washington Post "admitted today the Obama transition team made a 'mistake' in not notifying either Feinstein or outgoing Intel Chair Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).

Biden was quoted as saying,

"I'm still a Senate man. I always think this way. It's always good to talk to the requisite members of Congress. I think it was just a mistake."

On CNN's Strategy Session with Wolf Blitzer yesterday I said that statement had to mean that Biden had not been told about the Panetta nomination. Wolf said that it was impossible for the Vice President-elect not to have been informed.

I said that makes it even worse.

Why? Because if I'm right, Biden was by-passed by the Obama team (probably Rahm Emanuel). Biden must not have known, because if he did know he would have insisted that "the requisite members of Congress" be informed.

If Wolf is right and Biden knew, then he must have told Obama that Rockefeller and/or Feinstein should be informed and Obama said, essentially, "the hell with them."

Either way, a failure to communicate.

Feinstein, by the way, took her ire out on everyone by breaking with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in the matter of whether to seat Roland Burris for the position vacated by Obama as Senator from Illinois.

Sen. Reid is playing a losing hand on this thing. The Secretary of State will be forced to sign the certification by the Illinois Supreme Court and Burris will be seated.

Why Harry is making Burris stand, literally, out in the rain is beyond me.

According to Fox News, Feinstein asked, "Does [Gov. Rod Blagojevich] have the power, under law, to make the appointment? The answer is yes."

As Sen. Feinstein is also the Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, which has sway over whether or not to seat Burris, it would appear that her declaration settles the matter.

Unless… Unless Harry Reid isn't listening.

A failure to …


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.