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Obama's hapless fumbling, bad temper, and inarticulate inability to defend his record were actually thoroughly predictable. They were simply facets of the man as he truly is, unfiltered by the imagination of his media supporters: a man who has succeeded, really, at almost nothing but the winning of elections; a man who cannot distinguish between his ideology and life; a man who does not seem to know how the machinery of the world actually works.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-10-06 09:55||
#2 The media has been one large Fun House with distorted mirrors making the One to be a giant and Mitt the midget. It appears, once removed from that artificial play of imagery, a very surprised part of America rudely found out what 'beer goggles' means.
Posted by Procopius2k 2012-10-06 10:24||
#3 The historian James Thomas Flexner referred to George Washington as "The Indispensable Man", meaning that, as brilliant and determined as the other Founding Fathers were, their efforts to create America would have come to nought without the unique virtues of George Washington.
Looking at that little nebbish on stage the other night, you have to ask, "How exactly would we be worse off if Champ lost the election and retired to private life?" And the answer is, not at all. He brings nothing to the table except maybe the ability to do a good job of reading a speech; against which you have to offset the guy's pathological narcissism. He's a zero even by the standards of modern liberal politicians. Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, and LBJ were towering giants compared to this guy.
Posted by Matt 2012-10-06 11:22||
#4 I've wondered since the first debate what would happen if Mitt Romney brought up the shocking status of Black Male unemployment, how it has cratered under BO.
I doubt that he would try but I figure the sound of BO's head, and those of his sychophants, exploding would register on seismographs everywhere.
Posted by AlanC 2012-10-06 11:41||
#5 To me, this is the money quote:
The mystery Obama... emanates instead from a journalistic community that no longer in any way fulfills its designated function, that no longer even attempts the fair presentation of facts and current events aimed at helping the American electorate make up its mind according to its own lights.... They have fallen prey to that ideological corruption that sees lies as a kind of virtue, as a noble deception in service to a greater good.
To be fair, this corruption existed back in the days of Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, and going on back a century or so (think 'Walter Duranty').
But to paraphrase Matt's comment: Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley were giants compared to today's media personages.
Posted by Pappy 2012-10-06 11:58||
#6 Perhaps by Election Day, the public will have awakened from the media's dream.
I'm not counting on it. Be nice if it happened.
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 2012-10-06 12:12||
#7 The mystery Obama--the hollow receptacle of out-sized fantasies left and right--is not a creation of his own making, political chameleon though he may well be. The mystery Obama... emanates instead from a journalistic community...
I slightly disagree. In order for O-Team's "empty vessel" strategy to have been so successful a large portion of the 'journalistic community' wasn't simply complicit -- they're in friggin cahoots.
Posted by DepotGuy 2012-10-06 14:02||