Friday, May 28, 2010
Noonan is saying here that the O will not survive the Big Blowout politically. I don't know. It's hard to predict how all these atmospherics will play out. It was always hard to predict how something that is composed of vaporous perceptions anyway will shapeshift one way or another. It doesn't seem to have a lot to do with facts. There was never any reason, never, to suspect that a not even one term junior Senator from Illinois with no executive experience would turn out to be a really good leader and executive. Why should he be? Most people aren't. It was like somebody dressing up like a doctor and talking like a doctor walking into an OR and our expecting him to do a good job patching up a heart. It never made any sense. It's unfair that he should be blamed for the oil disaster or even for the unimpressive follow up of the federal government. Keeping the feds largely out of the way and letting BP try to fix matters was probably the wisest course. Whatever oil well blowout repairmen there are in the world, you can be sure they don't work for the federal government. It only works that way in the movies, usually bad ones. But then, given that Obama never deserved getting credit for being able to make good things happen, I don't cry very much for his getting blamed for a bad thing that's not his fault. He who lives by the illusion, dies by the illusion, perhaps. But what are we? The American people seem like a bunch of primitives, ready to influenced the flight of birds or the rumble of thunder, only in our case it's a sound byte or vivid image. Noonan seems impressed by the parallel between a well gushing oil and a government gushing debt, as if that simile is a kind of fact. This reminds me of Yeat's line "we had fed the heart on fantasy/ The heart's grown brutal from the fare."
This is good.