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Obama and the long game

Max, 2012/01/16 

Andrew Sullivan – a self-styled conservative – just penned a fairly stirring defense of he current president n Newsweek. This is certain to piss off a hell of a lot of people on both extremes, a pretty good sign he’s right on target.

A president in the last year of his first term will always get attacked mercilessly by his partisan opponents, and also, often, by the feistier members of his base. And when unemployment is at remarkably high levels, and with the national debt setting records, the criticism will—and should be—even fiercer. But this time, with this president, something different has happened. It’s not that I don’t understand the critiques of Barack Obama from the enraged right and the demoralized left. It’s that I don’t even recognize their description of Obama’s first term in any way. The attacks from both the right and the left on the man and his policies aren’t out of bounds. They’re simply—empirically—wrong.

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3 Comments »

  1. byronius wrote,

    Thanks for this. Good read.

    Comment on 2012/01/16 @ 11:49 am

  2. byronius wrote,

    A lot of furor created by this article in the Echo Chamber:

    Megyn Kelly’s doltishness makes her decidely unnattractive. Her aura is just so throbbing bright green, and reeks. Eww. Pbbht. What a bad person.

    Comment on 2012/01/17 @ 7:24 pm

  3. Cat-eyes wrote,

    For God So Loved the One Percent

    The concept of “one nation under God” has a noble lineage, originating in Abraham Lincoln’s hope at Gettysburg that “this nation, under God, shall not perish from the earth.” After Lincoln, however, the phrase disappeared from political discourse for decades. But it re-emerged in the mid-20th century, under a much different guise: corporate leaders and conservative clergymen deployed it to discredit Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

    source: http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/for-god-so-loved-the-1-percent/

    Comment on 2012/01/18 @ 9:33 am

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