The Corner

Re: ‘Dumb’

E-mail from a friend:

Rich,

Yep. Too right. This is why you have to keep intellectuals away from the executive branch. Barry O, Woody Wilson, the Whiz Kids. They all think stuff is a problem you can sit down and solve. Life’s messy, dudes. Pick the plan that sounds best, see how it goes. This ain’t rocket science. (Not to imply that being president is easy; as someone said, all the president gets are the hard calls that no one below him could make. Having a coherent set of principles—or even just mores—is a lot more useful here than the ability to see six sides of a problem and figure you can reason your way to a Platonic ideal state…)