Over at the American Issues Project blog I’ve been wwriting what’s becoming an unintentional series about how the Obama adminstration is handling its promise to deliver a more transparent and accoutnable government.
In short, the President is going the wrong way.
It’s going to be tough for him to argue that he’s keeping his promise when he’s actively interfering in the work of the watchdogs he set to guard the taxpayers’ interests. My most recent post, though, gives the President a little bit of an out. It doesn’t make him right, but it does at least give him a reason other than crass political gamesmanship.
My guess at this point is that the move toward less transparency isn’t born of malice but of fear. The President is learning there is a vast gulf between campaigning and governing. The media, once reliably in the tank, have begun to make restless noises of discontent. The Democratic Party’s various interest groups came to collect what they were promised and were not pleased to find out that the President promised much more than he could deliver. He’s been let down badly by both Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, on whom he relied to deliver a string of victories in Congress. It wasn’t like this during the Democratic National Convention, when he stood astride Invesco Field like a colossus.
It’s almost enough to make you feel just the tiniest bit sorry for him.
Go on over and check out both posts. Feel free to leave a comment while you’re there as well.
UPDATE: Speaking of transparency, wouldn’t you like to know why the IG of Amtrak isn’t there anymore and why a good friend of the Secretary of State and Vice President still is?