We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In a time when the people of Massachusetts have real concerns about their ability to make a living, stuff like the Schumer letter is just more evidence of a party's disconnect.
Politics is about policy. It's not about who's emotional and who cries or makes you cry. It's not about big political parties and the victories they need in order to rule. It's not about going on some ideological toot, which is what the health-care bill is, hoping the people will someday see and appreciate your higher wisdom.
In a way, Mr. Obama's disconnection is a sign of the times... If the president wants to lead toward something better, he should try listening. If you can't connect through the words you speak, at least you can do it through your ability to hear.
Sometimes I like Noonan, sometimes I think that she's off the wall. Here, I don't think she connects all the relevant dots, mainly because she probably doesn't recognize narcissism for what it is. To a narcissist, malignant or otherwise, nothing is real or poignant but their very own selves. So it's not surprising that Obama gives an impression of being disconnected. He is.
He gave an interview to a TV interviewer a month or so ago, along with his wife, and he looked quite coldly at his wife and said that he always gave her better presents at Christmas and birthdays than she gave him. He didn't smile when he said it. What an odd, yet revealing statement.
Taking your girlfriend out to dinner, proposing, giving her a ring and then asking if all that would shut her up? An auspicious beginning if ever I saw one. And if you had been following the obamas' since his "grand speech in 2004" you would have seen a woman that openly detested her husband, claimed he was an incompetent moron and that her children didn't particularly like him either. And, after one year, I've got to say, I agree with her.