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 Krautman on why Obamacare is sinking. One quote:
...the greatest waste is the hidden cost of defensive medicine: tests and procedures that doctors order for no good reason other than to protect themselves from lawsuits. Every doctor knows, as I did when I practiced years ago, how much unnecessary medical cost is incurred with an eye not on medicine but on the law.
Tort reform would yield tens of billions in savings. Yet you cannot find it in the Democratic bills. And Obama breathed not a word about it in the full hour of his health-care news conference. Why? No mystery. The Democrats are parasitically dependent on huge donations from trial lawyers.
(he) continues to overestimate his verbal skills. All his life, he has been rewarded for assuming a certain pose and offering up platitudes in a reasonably glib fashion. These are minor talents at best, but they got Obama elected President, notwithstanding his lack of original insight into any issue of public policy. Now that he is President, however, these limitations are starting to haunt him. Obama's foolish and entirely needless assertion that Cambridge policeman James Crowley "acted stupidly" when he arrested Harvard professor Henry Gates is beginning to turn into a political issue that will hurt Obama with broad sectors of the electorate.
Carol Platt Liebau (Harvard Law Review), February 20th [Tom Pirelli] did most of the day to day work. Barack Obama was nowhere to be seen. Occasionally he would drop in he would talk to people, and then hed leave again as though his very arrival had been a benediction in and of itself, but not very much got done.
The guy likes to slide over the surface. That is a character trait.
I'm entertained by watching the President tie himself in verbal knots to avoid apologizing -- especially in light of your interesting posts on narcissism a few days ago. The standard reaction of a narcissist to criticism is to explain why the person demanding an apology is "overreacting" or otherwise suffering from pathology of his own.
Notice how easily apologies come to him when he's discussing his own country's faults in overseas speeches. Suddenly apologies become a valid means to bare the soul and clear the air. Could it be that he identifies so little with his own country that it gives him no psychic pain to "apologize" for its faults?
When it comes to his own sacred persona, though, to admit fault would be to begin a little crack that might demolish his brittle illusion of perfection.