An Exception to the Peter Principle

The Peter Principle states that in a hierarchy, given enough time and enough ranks in the hierarchy, a person rises to his level of incompetence. In other words, in a bureaucracy someone gets promoted until he screws up, and then he’s left there failing at his job.

Every rule has it’s exceptions.

The White House on Friday announced David Simas, a senior adviser to President Obama who managed the healthcare rollout, will head up a new post at the White House: Office of Political Strategy and Outreach.

I’m sure that he will handle that as well as he did the Obamacare rollout.

4 thoughts on “An Exception to the Peter Principle


  1. In Washington, “success” is increasing the size and budget of the fiefdom over which one lords and masters. Competence isn’t a prerequisite. In fact, the system selects for incompetence.


  2. There’s also the bit about failure being a resume enhancement for Democrats. Screw up, move up. Works great in government, not so much in the real world.

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