Morgen on September 25, 2009 at 4:50 pm
As John posted earlier, Yosi Sergant resigned from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) yesterday. While Sergant has not yet commented directly, his departure was undoubtedly a result of his role in the conference call scandal uncovered by BigGovernment.com. And while I don’t think there is any question that his comments on the call were inappropriate, the real blame for the politicization of the NEA should be placed squarely on the senior White House staff who initiated the organizing campaign with the arts community back in May. From all appearances, Sergant was only following their lead in soliciting grassroots political activity in support of ObamaCare.
There may be others within the conservative movement who would celebrate the resignation or removal of every partisan liberal within the Obama government. But I think it’s a borderline travesty when someone like Sergant essentially takes the fall for relatively minor misdeeds which were clearly coordinated from the upper echelons of the White House. And while I don’t expect Sergant to echo these sentiments, I imagine he is pretty disillusioned by this whole experience. (You can check in on his Twitter feed here. He’s been noticeably quiet for the past week.)
The White House should start taking responsibility for their decisions and policies rather than throwing low-level staffers under the bus in order to shift the blame.
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