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August 03, 2009

"The Judgment to Lead"

Remember that campaign slogan? Obama's total lack of experience was to be disregarded.

Unlike the clueless Shrub, *Obama* possessed "the judgment to lead". Except that he's not really leading, is he?

Even when Weisberg believes Bush was right and Obama was wrong, it’s still Bush’s fault. Obama would have done the right thing if only Bush had done the wrong thing!

Now, in fairness to Weisberg, he does intend this as a criticism of Obama: “Politicians, like generals, suffer from a tendency to fight the last war.” And his argument doesn’t stand up all that well under scrutiny: Bush, after all, engaged in plenty of pointless diplomacy with Iran and North Korea, and Obama has fallen far short of delivering on his campaign promises regarding Iraq and detainee policy.

But let’s entertain Weisberg’s argument that Obama’s indifference to democracy and insouciance in the face of Iranian brutality are the product of a reflexive anti-Bushism. Isn’t this a much more damning indictment than Weisberg realizes?

After all, Bush was is supposed to have been the worst president in history, and a moron to boot. (It was Weisberg who invented the “Bushism of the Day,” though he has largely left the field to us since the Democrats came to town and started saying silly things.) By contrast, a year ago Weisberg was worrying “that Obama may be too handsome, brilliant, and cool to be elected.”

Handsome and cool the president may be, but how brilliant is it to forgo thinking for oneself and instead simply follow the lead, albeit in reverse, of a man who (it is claimed) is manifestly inferior? Unthinking opposition to the president was far too common on the left during Bush’s term, and it is far too common on the right today. But it is easier to excuse unthinking opposition from the opposition than from men who are called upon to lead.

Jacob Weisberg might want to bone up on his psychology:

A few years ago, an Emory psychologist scanned the brains of self-described partisans. Partisans were able to notice the hypocritical statements of the opposing candidate but not the inconsistencies of their preferred candidate. Ideology, it was determined, showed effects similar to drug addiction.

Never attribute to cruel fate what can easily be attributed to simple incompetence.

Posted by Cassandra at August 3, 2009 04:02 PM

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It's all the fault of Science for failing to have perfected the lightweight monocular teleprompter...

Posted by: BillT at August 3, 2009 04:35 PM

The ever popular "Leading from behind" to avoid all that "messy sausage" making process as the grinder grinds on. Better to remain aloof from the polloi maintaining the aura of invincibility and plausible deniability.

"Which direction is the ship headed, asked the Commodore?"

"She is heading South, Sir!"

"Then that is the direction we shall take until we take another course" says He rolling his steel balls deep in the pocket.

"Let the log so indicate and make it so."

"Aye Cap'n"

Posted by: vet66 at August 3, 2009 04:49 PM

Actually, "incompetence" might be something of a step toward improvement for the Gang Who Can't Shoot Straight now running the show in Washington.

Posted by: RIslander at August 3, 2009 04:59 PM


Posted by: Cassandra at August 3, 2009 06:26 PM

I do not know, they hit what they aimed for when it came to the F 22. Has it occurred to you people that he in not incompetent, that he is out to destroy the country. In this he has shown a stunning competency/

We really have to ask if he is in the pocket of a foreign power or actor.

He will most likely destroy us as a world power. Between leveling us to parity or worse with our adversaries, the debt of our country will cause us to step back from being a super power.

I think that this his his intent, to destroy us a a powerful nation, and i think it is not all ideological, I think he is on someone's payroll.

All that bowing and scrapping overseas. How embarrassing.

Really, the only way to return us to a power will be to shut down mist of the new deal depts.

I think that damage he has done to date may be permanent, just wait 3.5 more years.

How foolish this nation has become.

Posted by: hatti[p at August 3, 2009 06:33 PM

"Never attribute to cruel fate what can easily be attributed to simple incompetence."

Would that it were so simple. No, I think there's a method to his madness...and Hamlet he's not. Of course, I know what happened to Hamlet...

Posted by: camojack at August 4, 2009 01:24 AM


I notice Paypal went down recently causing all kinds of grief. Apparently they have no backup server or customer service. Imagine the government's single payer health care computer going down. Where would customer service be? How long would the phone tree be? Would it crash too?

His soaring rhetoric falls flat when met with practical application. He would probably appoint a crony activist to be czar of the server and customer service would be ACORN headquarters.

Posted by: vet66 at August 4, 2009 09:04 AM

"Where would customer service be?"
It's remotely possible that it could be a local Quick Response Team consisting of highly trained and articulate National Defense/Justice Department Agents -Holder's Heroes- who would arrive at your door to advise you that the problem was a figment of your imagination.

Isn't that just like a thug? Brings a club to a gun fight.
Apologies to Chicago Police Officer Jimmy Malone aka Sean Connery.

Posted by: bthun at August 4, 2009 10:51 AM

"Holders Heroes"

Sgt. Schultz; I see nothing! NOOOTHING!

Showing my age....

Posted by: vet66 at August 4, 2009 07:59 PM

Nooothing... Okay, for three beers and a medium sirloin, I know leetle... *high-fives Vet66*

Posted by: bthun at August 4, 2009 09:22 PM