A few disconnected but maybe related thoughts:
- The transparency issue is one of the most significant defects in the “administrative state” style of governance. All the “comment period” stuff is no substitute for open hearings in Congress.
- The arctic oil and gas leasing stuff is largely moot, for the moment at least. Thanks to all the other developments in petroleum production, we are so awash in oil right now that those leases are hard to sell. The recent auction was mostly a bust.
- The real limit on Biden is the economy. For the majority of Americans, all the sturm and drang in Washington is meaningless. Mostly, all they want is to be economically secure and comfortable.