Jeffrey LewisRoodie Can Fail, After All

Wasn’t it conservative PJ O’Rourke who said “age and guile beat youth, innocence and bad haircut”?

I missed this, but a couple of weeks ago Al Kamen danced on the grave of the nomination of John Rood, aka the poor man’s Bob Joseph, to be Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security:

Rood Awakening?

When John Rood was nominated to be assistant secretary of state for international security last year, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) reportedly noted that Rood appeared to have a great future but seemed a little too young and inexperienced for the job. But he was a staunch neocon, and with the Republicans in charge, the Senate approved the nomination.

But now Rood, 38, has been nominated to move up to be undersecretary for arms control and international security, and Biden is running the Foreign Relations Committee. The nomination is said to be dead because of Rood’s youth and inexperience.

Given the administration’s policy changes on Iran and North Korea, changes bitterly contested by leading neocons, perhaps it’s just as well. Administration folks are calling around asking for other names for the job. Maybe Robert Einhorn, President Bill Clinton’s assistant secretary for nonproliferation, is available?

I can feel a recess appointment coming on. Brace for more evil from the tiki doll.

So, of all the people left in the Bush Administration, who do think has the coolest record collection?