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Better late than never

Submitted by Simon on Sun, 08/07/2011 - 9:51pm

Buried in a lot of crud, Drew Westen gives us this gem:

A second possibility is that [Obama] is simply not up to the task by virtue of his lack of experience.... Those of us who were bewitched by his eloquence on the campaign trail chose to ignore some disquieting aspects of his biography: that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state; that he had a singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography; and that, before joining the United States Senate, he had voted "present" (instead of "yea" or "nay") 130 times, sometimes dodging difficult issues.

Priceless. How times change! Time was when folks like Mr. Westen would scream "racist!" at anyone who suggested such a thing. Someone's making progress...

Absolutely right

I was one of those duped people myself. It's astonishing to me that someone who is so effective the few times he does use the bully pulpit, would be so amazingly unwilling to use it. Had he been pushing for the Fiscal Commission's recommendations, which largely mirrored the Gang of Six's, and what he started pushing for right at the end, months ago... it's likely it could have gotten done. His leading from behind is really translating into not leading at all.

Solomon Kleinsmith
Rise of the Center

I didn't vote for Obama,

I didn't vote for Obama, either, and I had no ethical issue/generalized problem/fear factor in stating that out loud in real time, then, in real life, at the time, no matter what it cost (which, of course, it did; and that, as they say, is that; yet, had I known in advance what the real cost of that would be, would I have done things differently? Almost certainly: Nope. The big surprise, later, was how little valued was what I had to say, given the choice I made.). FTR, I observed then-Mr. Obama's rise over time in Illinois. FWIW, that explains much.

Blame the 435

I just don't see it. If one agrees that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink, how does the leader get blamed when the horses won't drink? Congress scattered like cockroaches when the debt commission light switch got turned on. That Obama'sleadership has turned out to be futile is something I blame entirely on congress. I know it's easier to blame the 1, but I blame the 435.

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