They say it's better to be late than never.
But when it comes to crises? I say, you see 'em late, they'll never get better.
Not without a heavy cost, that is.
Take the administration's newfound alarm over Ebola. Just last week the White House was poo-pooing all this contagion talk as silly.
Now talk it's frantically promising a battle plan for this crisis it's officially calling "serious."
Just like it's saying we're now at war with ISIS. Only days after saying we weren't at war with ISIS and only weeks after all but saying, "What ISIS?" when it was just a JV team of bad guys that didn't threaten us, guys.
Look, I'm delighted the administration is on the "these are big deals" bandwagon but did its very indifference to each make them even bigger deals?
That's what happens when you're late. Time is not exactly on your side.
It's like the kid who waits until the night before a big term paper is due, then he suddenly realizes he's in deep doo-doo.
That doesn't mean he still can't pull it off and get the paper done, but good luck pulling off a good grade for what he has done.
Life is cruel. But I'm always wondering why for many, that's such a surprise.
I figure, is there any harm in preparing for the worst? Any risk giving Americans the worst case scenario on ISIS? Or Ebola?
Sure you might scare some, but I figure it sure as heck beats, naively dismissing the threat for everyone else.
My worry with acknowledging a crisis after it's already a crisis, is that you end up creating a bigger crisis.
Look at the healthcare law, imagine if the white house quickly 'fessed up to Americans early-on, "no, you can't keep their doctor."
To state the obvious then, could have avoided the many more eggs that would show up on the president's face later. He could have quickly dealt with an initial embarrassment and acknowledged his critics were right, than carry on as he did to the point most began to assume everything he has since said was wrong. And worse, a lie.
Instead, he and the law's backers are frantically handing out deadline extensions and exemptions that prove the Affordable Healthcare Act is neither affordable, though its touted promises are an act.
Recognizing a crisis right away doesn't make the crisis go away but it does make some of your critics go away. At least they can't make the case, you're not on the case.
But the problem with this White House is time and again, it proves it's not on the case, and when it is, it always seem late to the case.
It's not politics. It's a pattern. And it's a pattern that I find disturbing.
Dismissing an IRS scandal that seems to clearly involve more than a smidgeon of malfeasance.
Or a Benghazi disaster that now clearly reveals layers of once dismissed incompetence.
Or a healthcare law over which there was nothing to worry, now too many Americans with problems to count.
Sometimes I wonder whether ISIS isn't the JV team, but the guys fighting them.
It's like this whole Ebola 'don't worry about it' crisis.
After a while, add them up, they're enough to make you sick.