The case for WH incompetence, Episode XXIV

Jack Lew is the president's chief of staff. Jack Lew was formerly head of the OMB. Jack Lew is out of his depth. ABC News: As President Obama prepares to unveil his FY2013 budget Monday, White House chief of staff Jack Lew this morning was asked by CNN to defend the Senate's refusal to pass a budget in more than 1,000 days. "You can't pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes and you can't get 60 votes without bipartisan support," Lew said. "So unless... unless Republicans are willing to work with Democrats in the Senate, [Majority Leader] Harry Reid is not going to be able to get a budget passed." That's not accurate. Budgets only require 51 Senate votes for passage, as Lew - former director of the Office of Management and Budget - surely must know. White House officials did not dispute that Lew misspoke. When asked about the discrepancy, a White House official said "the chief of staff was clearly referencing the general gridlock in Congress that makes...(Read Full Post)