Tuesday, January 5, 2010

You're Fired!

Watching Hardball and reading The Daily Dish, among others, I hear this constant refrain that Obama needs to do something whenever something happens. He should have fired the head of the Secret Service because the Salahis gate-crashed the White House. He should fire Janet Napolitano because some moronic Nigerian tried to blow up his underwear on a jetliner.

What good is that going to do? I'll tell you what it will do. It will cause the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security to go through a painful transition to a new leader. You don't just fire a Cabinet Secretary (especially of a department as convoluted, ill-conceived, and unwieldy as the DHS) like she's an NFL head coach. I know I've used this metaphor before, and I am willing to admit that I was wrong about McChrystal, but really, doesn't firing Napolitano or the head of the Secret Service amount to Dan Snyder firing the coach of the Redskins every year? It doesn't accomplish anything. In fact, it's surely one of the reasons the Redskins still suck, and why Jason Campbell, who is undeniably talented, is having such a tough time.

Obama's resistance to this knee-jerk, symbolic action is a good thing. Yes, this is the "too-cool" president. But guess what? He's using his brain, which is something we got precious little of from the previous chief executive. If you wanted symbolic, knee-jerk reactions, you should have voted for McCain. He's good at those.

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