Yglesias Award Nominee

"Democrats tend to be more interested in legislating than in managing. They come to office filled with irrational exuberance, pass giant fur balls of legislation stuff that often sounds fabulous, in principle and expect a stultified bureaucracy, bereft of the incentives and punishments of the private sector, to manage it all with the efficiency of a bounty hunter. This has always been the strongest conservative argument against government activism. Traditionally, Republicans were more concerned with good management than Democrats until the Reagan era, when the "government is the problem" mantra took hold. If you don't believe in government, you don't bother much with governing efficiently. You hire political cronies for jobs that professionals should be doing. Eventually, you wind up with the former head of the Arabian Horse Association the infamous Michael Brown trying to organize federal aid after Hurricane Katrina," - Joe Klein.

This is an indictment of the press as well. We are much more interested in the ideological fights and the horse race than we are with how new laws are actually implemented. Take health care reform. Much of what is good in the bill requires very careful enforcement, administration, cost-awareness, and fiscal vigilance. Will any of us - apart from Ezra Klein and Jon Cohn - be paying as much attention to the implementation as we did to the fooferaw of its actual legislative process?

I know it's boring. But government is boring - and necessary.