Debra J. Saunders

The bad design was decided 15 years ago and by committee. The bad bolt decisions were made a decade ago. So what can the bridge suits do -- yank some retired bureaucrat out of mothballs and frog-march him into the drink?

If there is going to be any accountability, it has to come from the top. Good luck with that. When a reporter asked Brown about the bridge in May, Dao Gov answered, "S--- happens."

Brown expects Californians to trust him to launch the construction of a 350-mile, $68 billion high-speed rail project. And he put a former head of Caltrans, Jeffrey Morales, in charge of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

He doesn't have to rethink his infrastructure plans just because Caltrans demonstrated it can't build a 2.2-mile bridge with no (one hopes) moving parts on budget, on time and with intact bolts. So trust Brown with high-speed rail, but don't blame him if stuff happens.

Debra J. Saunders

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