October 31, 2010

Maureen Dowd speaks of Obama's "righteous self-regard."

In context:
At first it was exciting that Obama was the sort of brainy, cultivated Democrat who would be at home in a “West Wing” episode.

But now he acts like he really thinks he’s on “West Wing,” gliding through an imaginary, amber-lit set where his righteous self-regard is bound to be rewarded by the end of the hour.
I've never watched "West Wing," and that reference doesn't make me regret my avoidance of it.
His arrogance led him to assume: If I build it, they will understand. He can’t get the gratitude he feels he deserves for his achievements if no one knows what he achieved and why those achievements are so vital.
People liked him. And we liked the idea of ourselves liking him. The mistake was for him ever to think that made us want the things on the Democrats' wish list.
We want the best people to govern us, but many voters are so turned off by Obama’s superior air that they’re rushing into the arms of disturbingly inferior pols.
No. We hate the policies, and we're voting for the people who will undo them. It doesn't matter if they aren't as sleek and pretty. We want out of the place where the glamorous hero led us.

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Ritmo Brasileiro said...

I'm not surprised that someone who beats his limp meat as much as shooting thomas does is also a terrorist. Look at what he has to say:

I can't wait for the day... of a dirty bomb attack on Manhattan. I'll be cheering on the sidelines.

I take it you like it rough, huh?

Ritmo Brasileiro said...

Heritage Foundation is an advocacy group and is biased as hell. Sane discussions on cutting spending were already had with the others here. Exactly what does your link add to that? Can't you even summarize the argument you're trying to plagiarize?

Michael Haz said...

Meade - LOL!

Alex said...

Ritmo, if you can't be bothered to go to the Heritage Foundation site and read the position paper, fuck off.

amba said...

It's absolutely true: we hate the policies. That's what's taking Obama down. Even if he had done a more charismatic job of selling them, he couldn't have sold them.

My endlessly repetitive conversation with my still-liberal friends and family: they say opposition to Obama is racism. I say a white guy with the same policies would be every bit as reviled. The difference is that a white guy with Obama's exact qualifications, or lack thereof, would never have been elected.

I would have considered voting for Obama a racist act.

former law student said...

The difference is that a white guy with Obama's exact qualifications, or lack thereof, would never have been elected.

JFK got elected:

It was only after we had crisscrossed the country and began to build support at the grass roots, largely unrecognized in Washington, where Kennedy was dismissed as being too young, too Catholic, too little known, too inexperienced,” Mr. Sorensen said in the interview.

After a year spent bumming around after college, JFK joined the Navy, then from the Navy to Congress for six years, then from Congress to the Senate for seven years.

Revenant said...

JFK got elected:

JFK had been an officer in the Navy and had served in Congress for 14 years.

If JFK had been elected President in 1948, a good case could have been made that he was as inexperienced as Obama. As it is, he still made a lot of mistakes that a more experienced man might not have.

former law student said...

JFK had been an officer in the Navy and had served in Congress for 14 years.

What were JFK's big accomplishments as Senator, other than publishing Ted Sorensen's book under his name?

Meade said...

What were JFK's big accomplishments as Senator, other than publishing Ted Sorensen's book under his name?

Kennedy's only accomplishment as senator was to successfully put party over principle by casting a procedural vote on President Eisenhower's bill for the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Senator Kennedy's vote was widely viewed as an appeasement of anti- civil rights southern Democrats who were committed to Jim Crow laws. Lyndon Johnson, the Democrat Senate leader, sought recognition from southern anti-civil rights Democrats for "killing the bill" but he got critical support from northern profiles in courage like John F. Hussein Kennedy.

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