When the Muslim Brotherhood “won” the 2012 election in Egypt, most of
the world just assumed Egypt was going to go down the road to Islamism.
Either a slow trot like we have seen with Turkey or perhaps a faster
pace into something closer to Iran. That did not happen. Instead, Egypt
ground to a halt as the civil service and military, which are
intertwined, refused to cooperate with the new government. The result
was a sort of coordinated work slowdown and the Brotherhood got the
blame for it.
That was not the only reason the Brotherhood failed. They had no idea
how to run a country and they never had the depth of support they
assumed. Still, the bureaucracy set itself to stymieing Morsi, so they
simply stop functioning. People still showed up for work and manned
their posts, but they got nothing done. It was a good lesson in how a
modern country works, even one on the fringe of modernity. Real power is
not in the office, but in control of the system. He who controls the
bureaucracy controls the nation.
That comes to mind after Trump has been in office for little more
than a week. His initial flurry of executive orders has dominated the
news cycles, simply because of the infantile theatrics of the Left.
Adult toddlers throwing tantrums at the local airport makes for good TV,
especially when the people covering it are toddlers themselves. What
has gone unnoticed is the fact that the Republicans appear to
have settled on a strategy similar to the Egyptian bureaucracy. They
will slow walk everything Trump wants out of Congress.
The bigger issue is the fact that the GOP Congress has no plan to repeal
ObamaCare or pass tax reform. It’s pretty clear that the people we
thought were secretly supporting Clinton, people like Paul Ryan, really
thought she was going to win, so they never bothered to prepare for this