The new Ebola czar was supposed to lessen President Obama's political pain. Instead, the intense scrutiny of Ron Klain, the man tapped to manage the Obama administration’s response to the deadly virus, has compounded the president’s problems.
Klain, the former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, officially starts his job on Wednesday but already has plenty to prove. Just two weeks before the midterms, Obama can ill afford for competency questions to linger.
“The White House is doing a terrible job on the public confidence front,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “It sounds today like the Obama administration thinks Ebola is a fad that will just go away. I don’t think they’re really grappling with the actual concerns out there.”