Way, way back in February 2003, Daniel Davies asked a question:
D-squared Digest -- FOR bigger pies and shorter hours and AGAINST more or less everything else: Can anyone... give me one single example of something with the following three characteristics:
- It is a policy initiative of the current Bush administration
- It was significant enough in scale that I'd have heard of it (at a pinch, that I should have heard of it)
- It wasn't in some important way completely f---- up during the execution.
Now, three years later, ReddHedd of firedoglake and Judd of ThinkProgress find that even Republican hack William Kristol is saying the same thing--that the Bush administration is massively incompetent at every possible level:
firedoglake : ThinkProgress made a great catch from this morning's Fox News Sunday, and I wanted to take a moment this morning to talk about the potential implications of Bill Kristol's pronouncement of the Bush Administration as incompetent. Here's Kristol's quote:
I think it's become in people's minds an emblem of the administration that just isn't as serious about the competent execution of the functions of government as it should be. And even--I'm struck talking to conservatives and Republicans--they agree with the president on basic political philosophy, the they agree with his basic policy agenda, but they are worried that they just don't seem to be able to execute as well as they should be.
That Kristol was saying this on Fox this morning is telling of a couple of things: the Republican party establishment is now worried that President Bush has become a drag on the entire party, and that he poses a serious problem for them in the upcoming mid-term elections in the Fall; and that someone has sanctioned Kristol talking about this on air on Fox....
Judd makes a great point in his post:
Kristol is right, and it's a dynamic that makes policy debates almost irrelevant. Even if the administration were to stumble onto a policy that would improve things, it's highly unlikely the people in charge would be able to execute the policy effectively...