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When Administrations Implode

alobo Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 11:57 AM
Lets be consistent here. The same applies for George W Bush. Genuinely good and well intentioned person, but completely inept for the job. I remember thinking in 2008 of how terrible it was that in a time of such an economic and security (two wars, one of which was completely stupid and unnecessary) crisis, the greatest most powerful nation in the world could not find even two capable and experienced men to lead it.

Administration meltdowns are hardly novel. In almost every presidency there comes a moment when sheer chaos takes hold, whether self-induced or as a result of an outside crisis.

Vietnam had effectively destroyed Lyndon Johnson by 1967. Watergate unraveled the Richard Nixon administration, as the disgraced president resigned in the face of certain impeachment. Gerald Ford could not whip inflation and was not re-elected. One-termer Jimmy Carter was undone by the Iranian hostage crisis and skyrocketing oil prices.

For a time, it seemed that Ronald Reagan's second term might not survive the Iran-Contra scandal. George H.W. Bush could not be re-elected after...