Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- Egads, it is going to be a long four years! It has been only two weeks since the Prophet Obama's inauguration, and already he has revived memories of Boy Clinton's first 100 days. Political observers with a sense of history might well ask whether the Obama administration will approximate the adolescent incompetence of the Clinton administration or the Pecksniffian pratfalls of the Carter administration. Presidential historian that I am, allow me to caution my fellow citizens that here in the vestibule of the Obama administration, it is probably too early to say. Yet with the economy in crisis and American national security in the hands of a starry-eyed novice, one can argue that we are in for a reprise of the Carter years, complete with the self-righteous pout.

I had wanted to suspend criticism of our incoming president for a few months until his bungling became obvious. As I wrote during the campaign, it is inconceivable that a modern-day president with only four years in the Senate (and but three terms in a state legislature) could be equal to the demands of this high office. Still, I thought it would take a few months for President Barack Obama to reveal his ineptitude. Well, it only took two weeks. In the areas of foreign policy, fiscal policy and now appointments, it is apparent that 52.9 percent of the electorate vouchsafed us a dud. Vice President Joe Biden, stay close to Washington! Yet wait; this six-term senator has had no executive experience, either. To whom can we turn to administer the federal government?

I know there are conservatives who believe that by 2012, the republic can be saved by the pulchritudinous governor of Alaska. Admittedly, Gov. Palin, having been in office two years and served as mayor of Wasilla before that, has more executive experience than either the president or the vice president, but four years is a long time to wait for the curvaceous governor to deliver us. Withal, I have almost as many doubts about her as I have about President Obama, which brings to mind my growing awareness during the 2008 election that our political class at the national level is distinctly second-rate.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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