Hmmm, Something's Missing
George Will had a good column today about the 2008 electorate looking for competence. He states that the American people are looking for a competent leader, which is why Hillary and Rudy lead in the polls.
Accepting the 1988 Democratic nomination, Gov. Michael Dukakis, a carrier of Massachusetts's political culture, allowed his fervent hope to be the father of his surmise when he said, "This election is not about ideology. It's about competence." His meaning was opaque -- how would he decide what to competently achieve? But perhaps today's events -- from Iraq to Hurricane Katrina to the irrationality of immigration policy -- have put Americans into Mencken's frame of mind as they shop for a president. Which could explain why two among the parties' front-runners are who they are.
But George Will doesn't say why the American public craves competence. Maybe it goes unsaid that Will's party, the Republican Party, has run this country into the ground. Or maybe Will can't bring himself to say that the GOP, not just Bush but his enablers throughout the Party, are utterly incompetent.