View Full Version : Good policy vs theatrics

John Smith
10-26-2014, 07:48 AM
I heard an interesting theory this morning. People want their president to do something even if it is more for show than for actual problem solving. Banning flights, for example, may make a problem worse, but it would be well received via public perception.

I interpret such stuff as "knee jerk" reactions and don't care for it. We "did" something after 9/11. In fact, we did several things. Most were, IMO, knee-jerk (or theatrical) responses. Did the color coding make us safer? Has airport screening made us safer?

It certainly doesn't look at this point as Ebola is going to become a crisis in the immediate future.


Jim Mahan
10-26-2014, 08:08 AM
How busy is Ron Klain really going to be in, say, three months?

Mad Scientist
10-26-2014, 06:30 PM
Hopefully, he'll be sitting in his office with nothing to do (except for filling out all the forms that come with a federal bureaucracy)!


10-26-2014, 06:36 PM
Too many of us regard politics as entertainment, a notion promoted by fast-twitch media treatment.

Drama is good. Sound, longterm policymaking is nearly impossible.

10-26-2014, 06:48 PM
SNL does Ebola/Klain/Obama: