The toxic leader meme
Good-government groups such as the Partnership for Public Service have been ever more aggressive in calling President Barack Obama to lead as "executive in chief." This argument demands attention at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. As the Partnership's CEO, Max Stier, argued only days before the midterm debacle, the president "must be the leader of the entire government and accountable for making sure that it works. Without the president's personal commitment, our government's ability to meet the needs of the American people is likely to fall short."
Er, does the principle that Light elucidates remind anybody of anything? Some history, maybe?
Last I checked, the President's oath of office required that they "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Clearly, however, that's not the priority in our ruling elite...
"They are advocates," [Pelosi] said. "We are leaders."
With the perspective of three years, I find this part of the quote more interesting:
Though crediting activists for their "passion," [that is, their money and time] Pelosi called it "a waste of time" for them to target Democrats.
How right she was!
UPDATE Ian has a fine counter-post to the authoritarian followership exhibited by the "good government" types Light cites.