I guess the Obama administration didn’t expect so many of their Cabinet choices to have so many problems.

The media didn’t expect Tom Daschle to quit his quest to be Obama’s healthcare guru, chiefly because he didn’t pay his taxes.

The Finance Committee didn’t expect to hear that Tim Geithner, the man who would oversee the IRS, didn’t pay his taxes.

The American people certainly didn’t expect to hear that the man who writes the tax code, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), didn’t pay his taxes.

Nobody expected that the elections in Iraq would be as boring or make as little news as they did Tuesday.

Democrats didn’t expect every Republican in the House to vote against their horrible spending bill.

The media didn’t expect that the House Republicans would be right, and that the Senate would have to largely rewrite the bad bill pushed through by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.).

Nobody expected the Obama administration to hire so many lobbyists after it said it wouldn’t hire any.

Senate Republicans certainly didn’t expect Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) to be the next Commerce secretary.

People not in the know certainly didn’t expect Bill Richardson to be shut out of any Cabinet office (though people in the know certainly knew something wasn’t right about New Mexico’s governor).

Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWhether a rule is cruel or kind, regulatory analysis shines a light Moderate or left of center — which is better for Democrats in 2020? Judiciary members battle over whether GOP treated fairly in impeachment hearings MORE certainly didn’t expect his wife to secretary of State.

John Roberts certainly didn’t expect to screw up the Oath of Office that he administered to the new president.

Robert Gibbs certainly didn’t expect the press to turn on him as quickly as they have.

No casual observer expected the economy to completely tank. Now nobody expects it to recover.

Life is full of surprises. I hope the Obama administration is ready for them.

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