May 2, 2011

FOR POLITICAL REASONS WE SHOULD CERTAINLY PRETEND HE'S LIBERAL...:

Explaining Obama: A review of Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, by Stanley Kurtz; and The Roots of Obama’s Rage, by Dinesh D’Souza (Ramesh Ponnuru, May 2, 2011, Claremont Review of Books)

Perhaps the real solution to the mystery of Obama is that there is no mystery at all. Obama's political views are consequential because he is the president, but they show little sign of being especially interesting aside from that. Genus liberal, species academic, character type pragmatic: That classification seems adequate. His heart belongs to the Left, and his heart of hearts to Barack Obama.

His conventionality is a good thing for conservatism. One reason conservatism's political fortunes rebounded so quickly after the 2008 election is that liberalism made its critique of President Bush too personal-a matter of his own alleged stupidity and closed-mindedness rather than of the conservative creed. If Americans reach the verdict that President Obama is a failure, it would be better for conservatism if they attributed that failure to the liberalism he shares with most of his party rather than to his personal quirks.


...but his failings have been entirely a matter of his lack of qualification for the job and inability to fulfill its functions.

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Posted by at May 2, 2011 6:08 AM
  

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