A White House that is more interested in promotion than in product development has another great drawback: it squanders talent. Mr Obama has impeccable taste in advisers: he has scooped up many of the country’s pre-eminent experts in almost every area of public policy. One wonders why. On the main domestic issues, they are not designing policy; they are working the phones, drumming up support for bills they would be deploring if they were not in the administration. Apart from anything else, this seems cruel.
This isn’t an unfortunate result, this is precisely why Obama hired all those “top guns” in the first place. At best they become his paid supporters while he loots their credibility, at worst they are silenced so he has much less opposition. One might think it a bit expensive but Obama has repeatedly demonstrated that the concept of “too expensive” is not one that can ever apply to any of his actions. I don’t feel a bit of pity for any of these “experts” as if they weren’t smart enough to see this then they’re not smart enough to be experts. After all, even Judd Gregg figured it out and walked away, although right at the edge of the cliff.