Friday, August 7, 2020

Did you ever have to make up your mind?

 Althouse features two posts today about the last presidential team - and their lack of quick decision making.

Joe Biden is still working on his vice presidential pick - after first saying it would be announced August 1.

Why the delay?

This kind of approach — being openly meditative about the issue at hand, with a penchant for missing his own deadlines as he mulls his options — is in line with how Mr. Biden has made other big political choices throughout his career. Those who have worked with him over the years describe nonlinear decision-making processes with input from allies and family members, a barrage of questions from Mr. Biden, and a habit of extending deadlines in a way that leaves some Democrats anxious and annoyed, while others say it brings him to a well-considered decision, eventually.

But Biden is a speed demon compared to Barack Obama - still working on his memoir about his eight-year term. It might take eight years for him to write.

If you're looking for decisive leadership, it's not on the Democratic side.

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