Former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis has done a smart, well-reasoned analysis of the underlying meaning(s) of Barack Obama's week of scandals. He rightly notes that "Obama's administration struggles mightily with the threshold concept of accountability."
The emerging argument, which seems to be that the Obama White House was detached enough to rely on the expertise of its department heads to resolve the dilemmas around each event in the current spotlight, would sound strained even if it came during a presidency that was famously disengaged....
More fundamentally, the “we left it to our division heads defense” would not excuse any executive leadership in the public or private sector from the imperative of setting values and standards of conduct for decisions made inside the organization…[more]
Sometimes writers can get too fond of metaphors. A visit to the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans, however, seemed to offer metaphorical lessons for current politics so appropriate as to demand attention.
The lessons include worthwhile considerations of positioning and tactics and the importance of culture, freedom and commerce.
Also perhaps of symbolic importance, the battlefield visit on Nov. 7 coincided with the disembarkation of a tour group from the Creole Queen riverboat that included visitors from not just all over the union – Virginia, New Jersey, Michigan, Texas, New York…
"We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. The reputation of the Obama White House has, among conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister, and, among liberals, from unsatisfying to dangerous. No one likes what they're seeing. The Justice Department assault on the Associated Press and the ugly politicization of the Internal Revenue Service have left the administration's…[more]