In the clip from last night’s Nevada democratic debate, Clinton underlines the importance of holding people accountable when managing a bureaucracy, whilst Obama weighs this skill up alongside that of bringing people together and inspiring them toward things constructive. Their responses makes me think Andrew Sullivan got it right in his analysis.
Obama seems to have taken a leaf out of Sir Geoffrey Vickers’ book (or is it Peter Checkland?), who advised that, when making decisions amidst complexity – of the kind that is politics – it is better to sweep in as varied a number of perspectives as is possible at the outset, however peripheral they might seem, so as to ensure robust and grounded decisions emerge. Obama is talking this language, the language of systems practice, moreso than Clinton. Hence, Obama’s my man.