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.
... the relationship the president wanted (with the American people) never really knitted together. Health care was like the birth-control mandate: It came from his hermetically sealed inner circle, which operates with what seems an almost entirely abstract sense of America. They know Chicago, the machine, the ethnic realities. They know Democratic Party politics. They know the books they've read, largely written by people like them—bright, credentialed, intellectually cloistered. But there always seems a lack of lived experience among them, which is why they were so surprised by the town hall uprisings of August 2009 and the 2010 midterm elections.
Increasingly? Increasingly? Did Peggy Noonan sleep through the 2008 election? Did she spend that entire election on Mars out of the range of communication with Earth? She is just NOW sensing that maybe Obama is a cold, immoral, unprincipled, self-centred, Big Fat Liar? Rip Van Noonan wakes up in 2012 and sees that her Once Upon A Time Heart Throb Barry O may not be anything like she thought he was? Wow, I'm just shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you.
It's embarrassing. But betrayal is nine-tenths self deception, so it's humiliating, too. Else she, David Brooks and the like might have 'fessed up sooner.
I just can't understand how anybody who's worked in politics, or spends a lot of time observing politics, politicians, and political hijinks could have ever truly taken the hype about Obama seriously.
Sure, maybe you're obliged to if you're a committed Democrat - I knew Hillary supporters who sucked it up and applied Obama bumper stickers - but to actually believe the substance of the hype? "We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For"? You fell for that?!!
Betrayal is nine-tenths self deception*. The betrayed is naturally enraged, and yes the other guy's a weasel. But the only way he could pull it off was for you to let you hopes and expectations blind you. He set you up; you did all the hard work.
*Except in love. It's mostly self-deception on both sides in love.
So many of Obama's admirers were unwilling to see him for what he was. Granted, the MSM abdicated its constitutional responsibility and suppressed any damaging information about him, but Peggy and the others should have known better. Infatuation blocked their objectivity and now they must suffer its consequences. Not one politician comes to power in Chicago without the endorsement of its machine; Barack Obama is no exception. How did the "bright" Noonan miss Obama's political launch from the living room of Dohrn and Ayers and the often quoted comment by Dohrn of the Tate murder, "Dig it! First they killed those pigs and then they put a fork in pig Tate's belly. Wild!"? How did Peggy Noonan remain unaware of the SDS/Weathermen take-over of countless university administration buildings during her University days at Fairleigh Dickinson University? How could she not know that Alinisky, Ayers, Dohrn, SDS/Weathermen, and community organizing were at the core of Barack Obama? She and others simply didn't want to know.
Well, yeah. On first blush you might not hold youthful association with such radicals against somebody; people do change. But you don't just ignore them, you look to see what the person's done since then - has he consistently made statements contrary to those radical beliefs? More importantly, has he consistently made decisions and taken actions that are demonstrably contrary to those beliefs?
Given how thin Obama's substantive record was, there was not that much to suggest he was an active, passionate radical, but there was zip that proved he was many of the things he held himself out to be: bipartisan, pragmatic, cool-headed, analytical, judicious. It just wasn't there.
Some of the positions he adopted on running for President, such as his posture on 2nd Amendment rights, were 180 degrees contrary to his declared positions just a year earlier; others, like promising to cut taxes on the middle class more than McCain would, were just ludicrous.
Given how little there was to go on, you would think people (and the media) would, as a matter or course, start to examine his past (and present!!) associations more closely, simply because there wasn't much substance in Obama's achievements from which you could get a lock on who he was. Especially when Obama started to vigorously distance himself from figures like Ayers etc.
Btw, I know what you meant, but strictly speaking, the MSM doesn't have any constitutional responsibilities. Part of the rationale for the 1st Amendment is based on the importance of a free press, but it's up to private ambition to set up news enterprises. Historically speaking, the partisan hackery and ineptitude of today's media isn't unusual at all. It's the near uniform tilt in one direction that's an anomaly.