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Too Many Senators?

12:59 PM, Sep 20, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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In a column Friday, Bill McGurn of the New York Post attributes the Obama administration's foreign policy woes to an overabundance of former members of the U.S. Senate. Here's an excerpt:

When Edward Everett Hale served as chaplain to the Senate, he was once asked if he prayed for the senators. “No,” he responded, “I look at the senators and pray for the country.”

If the sight of senators in their own chamber was enough to drive Chaplain Hale to the Almighty, what would he make of a White House where senators run the show? From the presidency (ex- Sen. Barack Obama) and the vice presidency (ex- Sen. Joe Biden) to the offices of secretary of state (ex-Sen. John Kerry) and secretary of defense (ex-Sen. Chuck Hagel), this administration is dominated by escapees from the upper house of Congress.

You have to go back to the 1850s and the unhappy administration of Franklin Pierce for the last time America saw a like array of senators in these same jobs. It provokes an impertinent question: Might the surfeit of senators help explain why the president’s foreign policy is in flames all across the world?

Read the whole thing here.

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