Bruce Ackerman in The New York Times on an Egyptian parliamentary government "The presidency is a winner-take-all office," the Yale law professor writes, and this "is a recipe for tyranny in places like Egypt." Framers of the new Egypt should look to the European parliamentary system, and not the United States, for their new set-up. "Even if Islamist parties won a substantial share of the vote, they would not be able to monopolize power." Finally, a sensible idea," tweets Joe Lauria, The Wall Street Journal's U.N. reporter. Tara Todras-Whitehill, a former Associated Press photographer now stationed in Cairo, notes that in future times of turmoil, this system "means a vote of no confidence instead of taking to the streets."
Daniel Henninger in The Wall Street Journal on Obamacare and government's demise Between the delay of a major Obamacare provision, the Edward Snowden leaks, the mismanagement of the Arab Spring, and the failure to protect the Mexico-U.S. border, "important parts of the federal government are breaking down almost simultaneously," Henninger writes, particularly because legislation is getting too complex. The problem, perhaps, is that those geniuses must not be communicating with the White House very well, and Ed Rosen, a political blogger for The Washington Post, notes "how disconnected Barack Obama is from what his government is doing."