From WaPo’s opinion pages. Too good.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006; Page A19
Incompetence is not one of the seven deadly sins, . . . [b]ut it is this president’s defining attribute. Historians, looking back at the hash that his administration has made of his war in Iraq, his response to Hurricane Katrina and his Medicare drug plan, will have to grapple with how one president could so cosmically botch so many big things — particularly when most of them were the president’s own initiatives.
It’s the president’s prescription drug plan (Medicare Part D), though, that is his most mind-boggling failure. As was not the case in Iraq or with Katrina, it hasn’t had to overcome the opposition of man or nature. Pharmacists are not resisting the program; seniors are not planting car bombs to impede it (not yet, anyway). But in what must be an unforeseen development, people are trying to get their medications covered under the program. Apparently, this is a contingency for which the administration was not prepared, as it has been singularly unable to get its own program up and running. [Emphasis added. Rolling on floor, laughing.]
More and more, the key question for this administration is that of the great American sage, Casey Stengel: Can’t anybody here play this game?
(They can play it just fine, thank you. Gaming the system is what they do. Running it, that’s the hard part.)