August 29, 2014
OUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT:
Rick Perlstein: By the Book (AUG. 28, 2014, NY Times)
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 29, 2014 4:48 PMIf you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?The Book of Job, maybe. It's the best story I know at driving home the fact that the world just isn't always a reasonable place. Not grasping that, I think, is Barack Obama's tragic flaw: He still seems to stubbornly believe that if he just explains clearly and calmly enough to his friends across the aisle why his ideas will bring the greatest good to the greatest number, there'll finally be no more Red America and no more Blue America. But my 18 years studying conservatism has convinced me the right just doesn't work that way -- they're fighting for civilization stakes, and he's a liberal, so, Q.E.D., he's the enemy. His longing to compromise with them just ends up driving the political center in America further to the right.