Interesting comments from Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus:
I’m all in favor of real accountability – canning the incompetent, in government and out. If you’re in over your head, then by all means: out the door. When a senior official demonstrably flubs a crucial task or demonstrates bad judgment, then by all means: out the door in time for the evening news.
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is a good example of a man who got it wrong and stayed – or was allowed to stay – too long. Michael Brown, the hapless former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is a good example of a man who never should have been in the job – and was appropriately ousted when it became clear that he had fiddled while New Orleans flooded.
Ms. Marcus, of course, is the wife of Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz. The guy who allowed this to happen. And this. And this. And this. And this. And this. And this. And…well you get the idea.
Accountability starts at home, Ruth. I’m just saying.