Mediaite joins the minor chorus of people on Christie’s case for going to Florida during the blizzard, quoting “GOP strategist” Ed Rollins, who chastised the governor for being “whiny” about the criticism after not “being there.”


The first and most important attribute of anybody who is or wants to be in charge is delegation. President, Governor, Mayor, or Chairman of the Flower Committee, a leader’s primary duty is selecting competent subordinates who can and will take charge in Der Führer’s absence. Micromanagement and a need to be seen “at the helm” during difficult times are the marks of insecurity and incompetence. There’s an aphorism of Confucianism: When the Superior Man has done his work, the People say, “We did it all ourselves.” Or again, The more the King does, the less gets done.

In the ideal hierarchical organization the person at the top should be seen as idle, even indolent, most of the time, while the organization gets the work done based on decisions made by trusted (and trustworthy) subordinates. The Chief Executive’s desk should be clean — because if a problem really is important enough to land there, it shouldn’t be obscured by masses of stuff that should have been handled at a lower level. A Boss who’s busy all the time betrays inability, not responsibility.

Governor Christie has a goodly number of black marks in my book, but in the spirit of a previous post, he definitely tends to aim at people I don’t like, at least sometimes. It would appear that, by and large (and in stark contrast to Bloomberg’s fief) the snow in New Jersey got cleared away in a competent and workmanlike fashion. That says louder than words that Christie’s subordinates are both competent and trustworthy, and that in turn says a lot, all of it good, about his competence as a leader.