The Secret Service long had a reputation for extreme professionalism and competence. No more. It has been involved in numerous embarrassing incidents, which tend to diminish the Service’s credibility.
The Service’s high reputation itself likely deterred many attacks on the President. If that is so, the Service’s declining reputation is an ill omen. All Americans have a stake in a well-functioning Secret Service, and in a Secret Service that is seen to be functioning well. No matter what you think of any President, assassination must remain beyond the pale in American politics Let us all hope the Secret Service cleans up its act and restores its reputation before a tragedy happens.