Friendly Fire (II)

David Brooks:

If McCain is elected, he will face conditions tailor-made to foster disorder. He will be leading a divided and philosophically exhausted party. There simply aren’t enough Republican experts left to staff an administration, so he will have to throw together a hodgepodge with independents and Democrats. He will confront Democratic majorities that will be enraged and recriminatory.

I think the point on staffing is real, at least on the national-security side. Many with ties to the Bush administration (Bolton, Feith, Wolfowitz) have no chance of gaining Senate confirmation. Others are damaged (Powell, Rice). The GOP bench is surprisingly thin.


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