Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Can You Believe This One?

Tireless defender of the Bush Administration David Brooks has a column today that not only says McCain's running mate is not qualified for high office, but the last eight years are an example of why:
In the current Weekly Standard, Steven Hayward argues that the nation’s founders wanted uncertified citizens to hold the highest offices in the land. They did not believe in a separate class of professional executives. They wanted rough and rooted people like Palin.

I would have more sympathy for this view if I hadn’t just lived through the last eight years. For if the Bush administration was anything, it was the anti-establishment attitude put into executive practice.

And the problem with this attitude is that, especially in his first term, it made Bush inept at governance. It turns out that governance, the creation and execution of policy, is hard. It requires acquired skills. Most of all, it requires prudence.
A little late to the party, David. Most of us noticed his ineptitude and lack of prudence years ago.

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