GWB on a white horse?

An anonymous White House aide explains the Republican version of the f├╝hrerprinzip.

The powers of the presidency have been eroded and usurped to the breaking point. We are engaged in a new kind of war that cannot be fought by old methods. It can only be directed by a strong executive who alone is not subject to the conflicting pressures that legislators or judges face. The public understands and supports that unpleasant reality, whatever the media and intellectuals say.

— A White House aide to Jim Hoagland of the Washington Post.

That puts it in a nutshell, doesn’t it? Reminds me a little bit of that earlier anonymous-White-House-aide comment about the “reality-based community.”

I’d be interested in hearing what Red Blogistan thinks of this. In effect it summarizes many of the arguments Redbloggers frequently make, but I doubt it will seem palatable to them put this brutally.

Hat tip: Dan Froomkin, via Laura at War and Piece, via Progressive Blogs Digest.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com