Would someone explain how Team Obama managed a two-year national campaign with such precision and shockingly few missteps, but has now managed to mangle the appointment process to death? The latest ‘oops’ is Senator Judd Gregg, who made a credibility – if not legacy – saving decision to buck Obama and back out.

What’s the latest count? Hilda Solis at Labor (hearing delayed with concerns), Tom Daschle at HHS (out), Bill Richardson at Commerce (out), Tim Geithner at Treasury (should have been out), Nancy Killefer as Chief Performance Officer (out).