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Saturday, May 23, 2009

David Brooks, teacher's pet
Tom Smith

Brooks has gone from being highly annoying to well nigh unendurable.  See here.  It makes it worse, not better that what he says is largely correct.  What's disgusting is the preening reasonableness, the "see, though I am a Republican, I too can praise our young President with the best of them."  Gag me with a spoon.  Obama went beyond not being "gracious", as close to criticizing our young President as brave Sir David is willing to go.  Obama created a farrago of obfuscation behind the smoke of which he could escape a mess of his own making by taking credit for policies created by men and women smarter and braver than he, people he did the most to hypocritically revile when it served his purposes to do so.  He served up an example of duplicity impressive even to veteran DC watchers.  Watching him pull it off was like watching some creature on the Nature channel, profoundly impressive and disgusting at the same time.  Then to have Miss Brooks come by and tell us, well, our President took the right policies andthen  congratulate him for it.  It's enough to make one want to become a fish farmer on Anarctica.

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Excellent post. Cheers!

Posted by: Al | May 23, 2009 8:03:13 AM

So you've gone from being terrified that Obama will get us all killed to being outraged that he's using polices that won't get us killed?

Dude, what's it like being so biased? Seriously, I'd like to see an MRI of the partisan brain.

Incidentally, there's a teaching point here. If Bush and Cheney hadn't been such arrogant jerks, the public would have been more supportive of their policies. Being gracious (which Obama most certainly is) gets one a long way.

Too bad the "men and women smarter and braver than he" missed that basic lesson of governance. Or at least never listened to mom, who always said, "You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar." Cheney defined piss and vinegar. Genius, right?

LOL. This is more hilarious as I think about it. Post 9/11, everyone KNEW that there'd be another attack. Just KNEW it. It never happened.

Bush got no credit and glory because he surrounded himself with the most evil jerks you could ever meet. If they had just been NICER to Congress, and more open with the American public, Bush would have left an incredibly popular President. They didn't, though, they were jerks.

Now, you might say this is stupid.... that one needs to be nice and pretend to engage his adversaries. I agree. So what?! Modern politics means you shake hands, smile, and engage your adversaries with some level of civility. You concede non-material points if it makes you seem more reasonable. Basic negotiation. Keep your eye on what you want. Cooperate and let the other guy "win" by getting you to surrender things that aren't vital to your goal.

Yet instead of learning something like, "We really should stop being such insufferable pricks," you're screaming at Obama. And repeating the tripe that Obama is not smart - or at least not as smart as the people in the prior administration.

Keep it up. You have nothing to lose but more elections!

Posted by: Mike | May 23, 2009 12:59:12 PM

I like this new non-partisanship according to which we all are just trying to be reasonable and can't imagine why you all are such jerks. It's like people who are always getting into fights but it's never their fault. Of course Obama is a great guy, very gracious. What a shame that so many people can't handle the praise he gives them.

Posted by: Jonathan | May 23, 2009 9:44:26 PM

"Bush got no credit and glory because he surrounded himself with the most evil jerks you could ever meet."

An excellent example of the high level of contemporary leftwing discourse.

Posted by: DJF | May 24, 2009 1:05:00 PM

"Gag me with a spoon."

Speaking of high-level discourse.

Posted by: Floridan | May 24, 2009 2:03:03 PM