The new president was highly disciplined on the campaign trail, and he’s already won a huge legislative victory, but there’s a “growing sense the administration is winging it on issues large and small,” writes Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal. Team Obama has ignored or missed legal and organizational problems that led to a series of Cabinet snafus, and its input on the stimulus seemed minimal and improvised.
The administration made up ever-growing numbers of jobs the stimulus would save, even though such numbers are impossible to count. Promises of bipartisanship fell through. Officials rushed to dump Bush interrogation rules before backtracking and organizing a study of the rules. Guantanamo was closed without a place to put detainees. “The danger is that what we have seen is not an aberration, but the early indications of his governing style,” Rove writes.