September 9, 2008


Too Cool to Fight? (Richard Cohen, September 9, 2008, Washington Post)

Thank God for Sarah Palin. Without her jibes, her sarcasm, her exaggerations, her smug provincialism, her hypocrisy about family and government, her exploitation of mommyhood, and her personal attacks on Barack Obama, the Democratic base might never be consolidated. This much is certain: Obama could never do it.

Not, anyway, the Obama who appeared Sunday on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos. That Obama was cool, diffident, above it all -- unflustered, unflappable, unexcitable and downright unexciting. These "uns" ran on, a torrent of cool that frosted my flat-panel TV and had me wondering if, as a kid, Obama ever got a shot in the mouth on the playground, he'd glare at the bully -- and convene a meeting.

Stephanopoulos vainly tried for some genuine reaction.

...that the last Democratic nominee who was so similarly incapable of human reaction was Michael Dukakis who, but for his extensive executive experience, was nearly indistinguishable from Senator Obama?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2008 12:20 PM
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