As Bismark long ago observed, God loves fools, drunks and the United States of America.
It’s not the glaring results of the Warlord’s obvious failure for which we owe thanks. Rather, it’s that he failed with blatant incompetence. His flame out allowed America to dodge permanent Christian Socialist Authoritarianism really by luck. Had the Warlord been even remotely more capable dealing with the Iraqi occupation or Katrina (by TARP it was too late), the regime’s overthrow on January 20th would not be or be quite different.
That’s the key we think most observers haven’t mentioned – either because it doesn’t occur to them or it is inconvenient to recall how recently they, too, were on the bandwagon. Americans overall in our view didn’t really reject the Warlord *because* of his Christian Socialist Authoritarianism; his and the regime’s incompetence became political kryptonite.* If he had only made the trains run on time . . .
The Boy King seems to grok this. His emphasis on competence first (even if irritating to his base) strikes a chord across the political spectrum. True, an economy in free fall helps unity. And his universal acclaim today exudes historic titanic inevitability. Yet how near a thing it is. Thin as the veneer of liberal republican democracy still remains.
Restoring faith in government demands the competence the Boy King offers. Restoring liberal democracy after the Warlord is actually a never ending task.
*As we have noted in the past, incompetence and CSA are intrinsically linked as a matter of political morphology. The Warlord’s idiosyncratic ineptitude mercifully exposed that dynamic far earlier in the process.