GOP senator wants ‘term limits’ for White House staff

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) is calling for “term limits” for White House staff, the Washington Examiner reported

Braun backed up his call with a new report he released called “Joe Biden Groundhog Day, How The Swamp Keeps Coming Back, Again And Again.” The title played off of the movie Groundhog Day starring actor and comedian Bill Murray.

“The revolving idea”

Braun prefaced his report with a letter to its readers. In that letter, he writes, “if there’s one thing we could do right now to fix D.C. more than anything, it would be term limits.”

Braun argues that it’s not just “career politicians” that ought to be subjected to term limits, but “a club of insiders that float from administration to administration, bringing their bad ideas and lobbyist connections with them through the revolving door.”

This, Braun likens to Groundhog Day, writing, “this cycle of incompetence in the federal government has made us all into Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day, forced to relive the same day over and over.”

“That’s why we shouldn’t be surprised by the poor product we get out of Washington,” Bruan writes. “They keep hiring the same people, and expecting different results.”

Naming names

For much of the remainder of his 63-page report, Braun goes on to name names, identifying this “permanent political class who keep rearing their heads year after year.”

“This report highlights officials nominated or serving in the Biden Administration that the country will likely be all too familiar with—individuals that Americans have seen for years, and who are continuing to advocate for policies proven to fail the past,” Braun writes.

“This report also highlights individuals placed in positions of influence and power by President Biden that many believe could not successfully navigate a Senate confirmation process but continue to find residency in Washington,” he adds.

Among those whom Braun singles out is Ron Klain, the White House Chief of Staff, Susan Rice, the director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council,” John Kerry, the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate,” and many more.

Case in point

Bruan provides a summary of each individual before going into much more detail later on in the report. Here, for example, is the summary for Klain:

Ron Klain has been a Washington insider for decades; so much so that The New York Times referred to him as having “A Beltway résumé.” After a long career in Washington, Klain served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton Administration. As The New York Times describes, following the Clinton Administration, “Mr. Klain salved his wounds in classic Washington fashion: by making tons of cash.” During the Obama Administration, he served as thenVice President Biden’s Chief of Staff from 2009 through 2011. President Biden again selected him as his Chief of Staff after the 2020 election. He has been viewed by many to be pulling the President towards the more liberal wing of the party.

Braun is definitely on to something here.

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