Monday, September 05, 2011
The New Republic's Jonathan Chait takes to the pages of the Grey Lady to explain to his fellow travelers on the left that its discontent with Barack Obama boils down to selective memory and "magical thinking." Worth your time, especially for this bipartisan observation:
Liberal critics of Obama, just like conservative critics of Republican presidents, generally want both maximal partisan conflict and maximal legislative achievement. In the real world, those two things are often at odds. Hence the allure of magical thinking.
Please discuss while I fly to Austin.
Hoffa's unacceptable comments in Detroit today have an unanticipated counter effect. Should the Kenyan attack the Republicans (as I am sure he will) in Thursday's speech, they can all get up and walk out on him, citing Hoffa's speech and Obama's refusal to disassociate himself from those foul words as trading incivility for incivility.
You know the Kenyan will not be able to resist blaming the Republicans for most , if not all, of his failings!