There’s a cartoon in the New Yorker showing the back of a duck-blond haircut guy facing a phalanx of scowling generals in the White House war room. Caption: “Nuke the hell out of ‘em, then we’ll build something terrific.”
Right now, the presidential race is dominated by Washington outsiders. You’re already part of the machine? We hate you. You’re one of us, someone who can step in, kick butt and get things – the things we want – done? Step right this way.
Obama recently said (paraphrasing here) “This isn’t a video game. You win, you sit down in January, a whole new reality comes crashing down.” The question is, really, who’s better suited? If Washington politics are so paralyzed that the biggest issues are getting lost, or worse, becoming a regular catalyst to shutting down the government and the business of running the country, maybe the best thing to do is to get someone who’s good at business and kick some butt.
Could Congress actually work that way? How would the difference manifest? How does a business person walk in and get past the lofty rhetoric of change and somehow transcend a bitterly divided Hill, sworn in allegiance to individual causes and dug in for the long haul?
You can’t lay a congressman off. You can’t split the Senate in half and declare it two separate working units, independent of one another. You can’t offer incentive bonuses or stock splits, two-for one health insurance memberships, limited time sales, comedic video campaigns that go viral or simply sell the government to another government and then start a little boutique government from scratch with pet projects that are bound to work!