Obama the glib
"That is great," I said. "What I want is a cool President. That is my measurement." He quieted down.
Fast forward to Obama's foreign policy speech today as I sat in line at a quick lube, waiting to get my oil changed. Now the surge is working but it is "tactics" versus "policy" (nevermind that the "failure" of the surge a month ago was policy). We don't need troops in Iraq (nevermind that Obama's previous positions were immediate withdrawal and March, 2008 withdrawal - let's go with 16 months from January, 2009, I think).
C'mon. I remember a great line from George Shultz during the Reagan administration. He said that working for Reagan was easy because when you got up each day, you knew that Reagan's positions would be the same that they had been for 30 years. There is something to be said for that.
I then read Michael Wade's post on snakes and lines (I claim no knowledge of Michael Wade's politics).
I also found a great City Journal post of Obama, the Shaman:
"What both Aristotle and Weber made too little of is the mentality of the charismatic leader’s followers, the disciples who discover in him, or delusively endow him with, superhuman qualities. “Charisma” was originally a religious term signifying a gift of God: it often denotes (according to the seventeenth-century scholar-physician John Bulwer) a “miraculous gift of healing.” James G. Frazer, in The Golden Bough, demonstrated that the connection between charismatic leadership and the melioration of suffering was historically a close one: many primitive peoples believed that the magical virtues of a priest-king could guarantee the soil’s fertility and that such a leader could therefore alleviate one of the most elementary forms of suffering, hunger. The identification of leadership with the mitigation of pain persists in folklore and myth. In the Arthurian legends, Percival possesses an extraordinary magic that enables him to heal the fisher king and redeem the waste land; in England, the touch of the monarch’s hand was believed to cure scrofula."
Listen carefully to Obama's arguments. I remember Mario Cuomo's speeches years ago. He sounded great but when you broke down what he was saying, it made no sense.