Belaboring the Obvious

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Mistah Kurtz, he dead...

... brain-dead.

There's plenty to fault Obama on these past sixteen months, but "optics" is not a "substantive" accounting of those faults.

Obama, whatever else he may be, is not yet in Calvin Coolidge's class of emotionless catatonia. When Dorothy Parker asked, upon hearing of Coolidge's death, "how could they tell?," she wasn't joking, or at least wasn't stretching the truth much to make it conform to wit.

Obama can be faulted for indecision, or not doing what he is capable of doing, etc., but not for failing to be the out-of-control frat boy idiot that his predecessor excelled at being, which I suspect is the unspoken intent of Kurtz's disquisition. Obama is distinctly averse to the "if you're not with us, you're against us," "we're gonna git `em, dead or alive," brand of public speaking, and, Howie, that's a good thing after years of Bush doing the political equivalent of, "hey, hold my beer... now watch this!"

Via Atrios.


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