The Perfect Chance For Mike Coffman To “Stand Up To Trump”

Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R).

Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R).

ABC News reports, the parade of horribles making up President-elect Donald Trump’s prospective Cabinet took another wild turn yesterday:

Sarah Palin is under consideration for secretary of veterans affairs, a close Palin aide and a top Donald Trump transition official told ABC News.

The Palin aide said that Palin recently told Trump transition officials, “I feel as though the megaphone I have been provided can be used in a productive and positive way to help those desperately in need.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest government agency, with over 300,000 federal employees and a budget of $182 billion for 2017…

Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, has not been to Trump Tower in New York City to meet with the president-elect, but she was one of his earliest and highest-profile endorsers. The Palin aide said she has had discussions with the transition team, and the top transition official confirms this.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who resigned from office before completing her term after celebrity called above her responsibilities as governor, has little relevant experience for the important job of VA Secretary–and it’s very difficult to see how she would be a qualified candidate for this position. Depending on how you feel about Palin, one of America’s most polarizing and brash political luminaries, you might find that to be an understatement.

GOP Rep. Mike Coffman, a veteran who has campaigned hard on his efforts to “hold the VA accountable” for cost overruns at the Aurora VA hospital construction site, promised voters in his swing district that he would “stand up to Donald Trump”–a promise already in question after Coffman enthusiastically backed up Trump’s harsh immigration agenda as soon as the election was over.

Well folks, assuming Coffman’s concern for the Department of Veterans Affairs was a real thing instead of just a political affectation to win votes, we expect he’ll have to comment about a perhaps singularly unqualified candidate to run it.


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  1. Moderatus says:

    Of course! How could a soft silly woman lead the VA?!!

    Your such hypocrites.

    • Voyageur says:

      You aren't a veteran, Moddy.   I am.   The question is how a half-term dilettante can do the job.

      How about Carly Fiorina?   That woman can manage a large organization.  Our vets, moi included, deserve better than Caribou Barbie.

      Shame on you for trying to screw our veterans to appease the Tea Party.

    • notaskinnycook says:

      You almost got it right, Moddy. But that's a soft-headed, silly woman. Having a child who served is hardly sufficient qualification for running a department with the kinds of issues the V.A. has on its plate. Fitzsimmons, anyone?

    • skeptical citizen says:

      How about Coffman then?

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        I agree. Coffman would be a good candidate to be VA Secretary. As for Carly Fiorina, she ran Hewlett Packard into the ground during her tenure as CEO. So much for "managing" a large organization.

        Of course, if Palin goes to the VA, then she will no longer be in the running for Secretary of Interior. 

        • Voyageur says:

          Palin as anything but janitor is ridiculous.   As for Coffman. what did he ever manage?  This isn't a job for a politician.

          • mamajama55 says:

            Must be gonna rain. I agree with Vger on something. Coffman's made some halfway decent votes for vets (funds for PTSD care, programs for military sexua assault victims, inclusion of Agent Orange in diagnoses), but he was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad manager of the hospital  VA clusterf*** .

            He was good at showboating and posturing, declaring that heads were gonna roll. That was about all he did for the VA.

            PP, you're an ex Army Corps of Engineers guy. They're taking over construction and management of the VA new hospital project. What are the chances they'll be 75% done by Feb 2017, as they said they would?

          • Genghis says:

            Oh, I dunno. If there were a cabinet job titled Secretary of Grifting, ol' Half-Term would be eminently well qualified.

  2. MichaelBowman says:

    Given this attack today on Trump & Co. by the Wasilla Einstein I'm guessing someone slipped her a note in the last 24 hours and told her she was a 'no-go' at VA. 

    How far they've fallen.  The billionaire POTUS-elect getting an economic lecture from a boot-strapping half-governor. And yet this Einstein wants to further develop public lands for more oil – flooding an already glutted market. 

    The love fest appears to be over.  

    Sarah Palin: Trump's Carrier deal is 'crony capitalism'

    "And in an apparent jab at Trump, whom she famously endorsed in a rambling speech earlier this year, she asked: “Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail.”


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