Our View: ‘Inability to govern’

Posted: April 4, 2013

Speaking of media inattention, Americans have been inundated with stories of a perceived Republican crack-up in the wake of the GOP’s 2012 electoral losses, but little has been said, save by conservative commentators, of the Obama administration’s arrant inefficiency in solving the nuts-and-bolts aspects of governance.

No less an observer than Time’s Joe Klein has taken President Obama to task for his “inability” — or is it unwillingness? — “to govern.” Mr. Klein, known (finally) as the author of the political novel “Primary Colors,” defies philosophical description. But, suffice it to say, he’s no conservative. His criticism of the president, though, is as scathing as it is spot-on.

In the most recent edition of Time, Mr. Klein excoriates the White House for its failure to consider a contingency plan in the event of Republican pushback against the state insurance exchanges envisioned as ObamaCare clearinghouses. As Mr. Klein suggests, in developing such markets, the administration was not exactly recreating the wheel. A model already exists, he said, in the federal government’s own health benefits program.

In this critical vein, Mr. Klein does not stop at ObamaCare, citing also the White House’s “studied inattention to the myriad ineffective job training programs” and its “oblique and belated efforts to reform Head Start,” now considered “nearly worthless” even by the Department of Health and Human Services. In truth, he concludes, “the list (of administration deficiencies) is endless.”

Now, as conservatives, we’re hardly singing the blues about this. It’s long been our contention, for instance, that ObamaCare could very well collapse beneath its own weight. But it is interesting, isn’t it, that folks other than those on the right are beginning to see the light?