Paul Krugman talks in the NY Times today about the thing that worries me most about a Donald Trump administration -- its incompetence. That Trump is way behind on getting his administration ready to govern -- something that starts now -- is not surprising. Trump is an amazing speaker in that he can wing it for an hour or more, and enjoy himself. If the primary duty of being president was giving speeches to fire up big crowds of supporters, he'd be unparalleled. But the presidency is a real job, with huge responsibilities, many of which are bureaucratic. Trump is so far behind on hiring people he's had to ask some of Obama's appointees in key positions to stay on for awhile. He loses interest easily. Worse, in his cabinet choices, he is surrounding himself with people, for the most part, who don't know much about the job they've been assigned to, and in some cases -- like with Betsy DeVos, nominee for secretary of education -- are hostile to the cause they've been asked to champion.
It's become a mark of integrity or something over the past eight years to criticize Pres. Obama's job performance, perhaps because he is so obviously thoughtful and competent and principled that it seems too easy to point that out. But I believe we are going to desperately miss that thoughtfulness and competence and integrity as we drag through the next four years.