I don’t see how the president’s position and popularity can survive the oil spill. This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. And they were all, as they say, unforced errors, meaning they were shaped by the president’s political judgment and instincts.
But it’s not just Obama’s incompetence. Even if he was a competent manager and leader, the nanny state will always fail because it simply CAN’T do everything.
I wonder if the president knows what a disaster this is not only for him but for his political assumptions. His philosophy is that it is appropriate for the federal government to occupy a more burly, significant and powerful place in America—confronting its problems of need, injustice, inequality. But in a way, and inevitably, this is always boiled down to a promise: “Trust us here in Washington, we will prove worthy of your trust.” Then the oil spill came and government could not do the job, could not meet need, in fact seemed faraway and incapable: “We pay so much for the government and it can’t cap an undersea oil well!”
And it never will. Government is force and that is ALL it is. If force won’t solve the problem (and it rarely does) then a government response will fail, inevitably.
I challenge anyone to name something positive, domestically, that the government has succeeded in. Anyone? (Crickets)
Yet “we” still keep expecting something different.
Maybe we really are insane.