The GOP's fractal incompetence problem

The GOP’s bills are bad. They’re bad because they try to do a bunch of incompatible things all at the same time. But let’s go down one further level.

Why do they try to do that? Because Republicans aren’t making choices. This might sound trite, but making choices is the alpha and omega of the art of politics: In a world full of constraints, the means to achieving results is to decide which priorities will get done — and, therefore, which ones won’t.

But let’s go down another level. Why are Republicans unable to choose?

Because they don’t have a leader.