Had lunch friday with an old friend, a career civil servant at the Senior Executive Service level. Here’s what he thinks about life in Washington about now:
Did you ever think you’d look back on the Reagan Administration as the good old days? Those folks were ideological, but once they’d decided what to do they were willing to ask people who knew for facts relevant to how to do it.
The current crowd doesn’t think they need that. They simply say what the Truth is, and if anyone disagrees they simply say it again, louder.
And since they never talk to anyone but one another, they egg one another on to the point where they can believe absolutely anything, and act on it. It’s government by assertion.