Monday, September 06, 2004

 

The New Teflon President?

Admittidly, I do hold partisan political views, but nothing seems to stick to Mr. Bush.

Nothing at all.

Matthew Yglesias writes:

....In a rational universe, like the one I thought I lived in before these books were released, the following things would be true. When the man the president of the United States appointed to be his chief economic policy advisor resigned from the administration and wrote a book about how the president's economic policy was terrible, this would be terribly damaging to the president. It also would be the case that when the man the president of the United States appointed to be his chief counterterrorism advisor resigned from the administration and wrote a book about how the president's counterterrorism policy was terrible, this would be terribly damaging to the president. It also would be the case that when the president of the United States unveiled a second term economic policy agenda his administration's economists think is a bad idea that that would be terribly damaging to the president. It also would be the case that, when the president's deputy counterterrorism advisor decided his counterterrorism policy was so bad that he needed to resign and become his opponent's chief national security advisor that this would reflect poorly on the president. Last but by no means least, it would be the case that if the man the president appointed to be his chief envoy to the Middle East resigned in disgust and started wandering around town talking about how, in fact, "the f***ing stupidest guy on the face of the earth" (CORRECTION: That was Bush-supporter Tommy Franks, Bush's former envoy was General Tony Zinni who, without using profanity, said the whole gang in the Pentagon "ought to be gone and replaced". Apologies for the error, thanks to P.D. for noting it.) was making policy, well, that would damage the president.

Sadly, though, we don't live in that world. Instead we live in the world where no one cares about expertise, the capital's premiere newspaper is edited by a man who doesn't believe in judging the credibility of his paper's sources, and small inconvenient realities like the disgust felt for Bush's policies by all the top Republican experts goes almost unnoticed.


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