Friendly advice: governing is hard

The United States is at a crossroads. The future is unknown. None of us has a clear view of what happens now. Rather than focus on why we are at this juncture, over the next several days I will offer a few thoughts on the state of play. 

Governing is hard. It isn’t like being in opposition. The stakes are different and the goalposts have moved. 

How hard is it to nominate 4,000 people to fill the upcoming presidential appointments? Especially if you lack a thick DC network? Or if you’ve never served as a governor?

Once approved, how hard is it to monitor those appointees for compliance with your policy positions? Do you trust your monitors?

How do you decide whether one of them has crossed the line? Do you defend every breach of prudential action?

And these are some of the easiest decisions ….