What argument can one make to someone who still supports Obama that can account for the emotional investment that such a person has in The One? It isn’t enough to list for him Obama’s many acts of cronyism, contempt, incompetence, and hypocrisy. It is too late for facts when defending Obama is defending one’s own political judgement and personal intelligence. Would an appeal to decency and love of country be enough to move an Obamaton to concede what ought to be conceded: that his statist ideology is destructive of the economic character of this country; that he is a law-breaking corporatist; that he is a campaign finance cheat and liar; that he is a hypocrite on civil liberties and warfare; that he is a vindictive narcissist?
No, the investment is too great. The racism inherent in the choice of voting for a man because of his race is too deeply held. The personal identification with this post-American agent of our dissolution is too complete. Democrats are prone to such personal idolatry (e.g., Obama, the Kennedys, FDR, Wilson, et al) and it reflects poorly on them.
But whatever it takes, the dominant narrative of a populist Obama who just wants what is fair and even and right for all must be resisted because it is false and it is dangerous. It is un-republican in the most literal sense.
I do not make idols of politicians. I do not understand those who do.
[...] this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth.
Even after it happened, I could not believe that the American people would elect someone like Obama: an untested and media-created Marxist ideologue posing as a centrist. Right: a Chicago Democrat as the “post-racial” (whatever that term hopes to mean) Third Way. He is indisputably the Democratic Party’s revenge on the Union —this contemptuous liar with Lincolnian pretensions— in the form of a literal embarrassment of the country’s electorate as the ignorant partisans they are. How did it ever happen? Americans who love their country must work to deny this man another term in which to show his contempt for what makes us prosperous and free.
Obama’s third SOTU was boring pep-talk pabulum for the undiscerning. Boehner’s right: Obama has been in campaign mode exclusively since Labor Day. Just awful.
I’m glad Romney stepped it up on Gingrich tonight with the influence-peddling charge, but he probably didn’t gain a lot of ground from it. Still, Romney needs to stay mean and on the offense even if that’s playing against type.
I’m pulling for Romney because I believe he is the most electable of the candidates. But his recent debate performances —and these debates have taken on the importance of other kinds of contest serials the networks air— have been much too conservative and defensive. Gingrich’s superior use of the free publicity these debates bring has given him a lot of momentum. Romney needs to bring out a more aggressive style and stop hiding behind proprieties, too. Like tomorrow. Florida’s his firewall, some say, but he can’t rest on organization when he needs to have or even make a signature moment. I mean the good kind.
It’s easy to get anxious about who the Republicans are going to nominate to defeat Obama. Despite what happened tonight, I don’t see Gingrich as electable. That’s because he’s a prick who independents are not going to go for —no matter how awful this current President is.
Whatever’s left of the GOP establishment needs to stop Gingrich’s momentum. Is there any chance of a Romney-Paul fusion ticket? Jesus!
On this day next year, the obscenity of the Obama Administration will come to an end.