Napolitano's Dumb Political Move

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Janet Napolitano is under fire from all directions after her dumb comment that "the system worked" following the assbomber incident in Detroit.

But even more dumb may have been her decision to take the job in the first place. Here's Ross Douthat of The New York Times:

Why on earth did she ever take this job? As Reihan Salam noted yesterday, it was only a year ago that Napolitano was being “touted by many as a potential running mate for Obama or as a giant-killer who could defeat John McCain in a Senate race.” Back then she was the successful Democratic governor of a Republican-tilting state, with two years left on her term and plenty of political opportunities ahead of her. Now she’s the second promising politician to have her national reputation defined, and then devoured, by her service in Washington’s most thankless Cabinet position. Like Tom Ridge before her, she went into DHS a rising star, and she’ll probably come out a joke.

And he leaves out the problem she has back here in Arizona: Many Democrats feel betrayed that she left the state in the hands of Republican Jan Brewer.

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