couple months ago, a historian told me that the Bush presidency has
reverted into classic palace politics (right out of the 16th century).
What this means is that the monarch doesn't get news that would cause
him displeasure. Individuals are promoted because they please the
monarch rather than on their qualifications. Errors are not admitted to
because the monarch is infallible. New ideas that don't penetrate the
inner circle of close advisors of the monarch (who require their cut
before they pass), never get implemented since the rest of the
government is non-functional without explicit royal sanction.
This explains a lot. It also helps put the
nomination in perspective. Further, what else can be expected from a
man that is only in office today because he had the help of an activist
Supreme Court? [John Robb's Weblog]