…Running a first-rate campaign, Obama and his supporters argued, showed that Obama could run the federal government, even at its most testing moments. He could set goals, demand accountability, and, perhaps most importantly, bend the sprawling federal bureaucracy to his will.
Fast forward to 2010. The oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is gushing out of control. The Obama administration is at first slow to see the seriousness of the accident. Then, as the crisis becomes clear, the federal bureaucracy becomes entangled in itself trying to deal with the problem. “At least a dozen federal agencies have taken part in the spill response,” the New York Times reports, “making decision-making slow, conflicted and confused, as they sought to apply numerous federal statutes.”…
Its all been a muddle – no one knows what to do. No one knows who is really in charge – or, indeed, if there is really one person you can go to for a hard and fast “yes” or “no” answer. Absurdities like Holder talking criminal prosecution rise the forefront of an Administration which doesn’t know how to make a decision, but does know how to lawyer up. At this point, the fix will come more as an accident than as part of a plan – eventually the gang which can’t shoot straight will hit the target, but only by pure, dump luck.
The spill, itself, is not Obama’s fault – but the abject failure to see the threat and set up a group for dealing with it shows for all the world to see that we have a government incapable of decision. They react to events and their primary concern seems to be assigning blame rather than resolving issues.
We’re stuck with this President until at least January 20th, 2013 – but let this be a lesson to all of us about the wisdom of electing a community organizer from the hard left.