Thursday, November 06, 2008

Barack Obama won't get a hundred days of grace from Iran, but he gets one day of grace from me.

Obama has the best qualities of good academics, but only a few of the flaws. He is thoughtful, intelligent, charismatic, articulate, rarely flustered and meets arguments head-on. At the same time, he is grounded, a skilled manager and delegater and is never petty or vain.

In many ways, he and his rise to power represent all that is great about America.

His one flaw (sorry, even his day of grace doesn't justify ignoring the main point) is that he is beholden to a doctrinaire liberal philosophy that distorts reality, punishes the virtuous and undermines the ability of Western society to defend itself. But enough about that; unfortunately, I'll have four years to hammer that point home.

2 Comments:

Blogger Tzemach Atlas said...

"His one flaw (sorry, even his day of grace doesn't justify ignoring the main point) is that he is beholden to a doctrinaire liberal philosophy that distorts reality, punishes the virtuous and undermines the ability of Western society to defend itself."

why adopt a caricature as a fact? The truth is he changed his positions skillfully, even from primaries to election. The only thing you can accuse him of that he stands for nothing and even that we don't know for sure.

Incidentally precisely this quality that he is black, white, Muslim, Christian, liberal, pragmatism or non of the above made him such convenient vessel for messianic projections.

What must be rejected outright is extreme criticism and extreme adulation of him. Both are for sure stupid.

3:01 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

TA,
I wish you were right but I think you're wrong. Based on his previous commitments and associates, it is quite obvious that at core Obama is a staunch liberal. All the rest was posturing.

1:42 PM  

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