Election Shorts

I’ve been published! Well, sort of. I wrote a quick letter to the guys at Hillbuzz regarding the race here in VA-11, and they’ve posted it here (scroll down to the second letter).

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Meanwhile, in the interest of fairness, I am obligated to praise NOW for its willingness to denounce Gawker’s shamelessly sexist attack on Christine O’Donnell. Finally, establishment feminists have done the right thing.

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And lastly, here’s an interesting take on Obama written by Shelby Steele:

A Referendum on the Redeemer

How is it that Barack Obama could step into the presidency with an air of inevitability and then, in less than two years, find himself unwelcome at the campaign rallies of many of his fellow Democrats?

The first answer is well-known: His policymaking has been grandiose, thoughtless and bullying. His health-care bill was ambitious to the point of destructiveness and, finally, so chaotic that today no citizen knows where they stand in relation to it. His financial-reform bill seems little more than a short-sighted scapegoating of Wall Street. In foreign policy he has failed to articulate a role for America in the world. We don’t know why we do what we do in foreign affairs. George W. Bush at least made a valiant stab at an American rationale—democratization—but with Mr. Obama there is nothing.

All this would be enough to explain the disillusionment with this president—and with the Democratic Party that he leads. But there is also a deeper disjunction. There is an “otherness” about Mr. Obama, the sense that he is somehow not truly American…

…But Barack Obama is not an “other” so much as he is a child of the 1960s. His coming of age paralleled exactly the unfolding of a new “counterculture” American identity. And this new American identity—and the post-1960s liberalism it spawned—is grounded in a remarkable irony: bad faith in America as virtue itself, bad faith in the classic American identity of constitutional freedom and capitalism as the way to a better America. So Mr. Obama is very definitely an American, and he has a broad American constituency. He is simply the first president we have seen grounded in this counterculture American identity.

I think that pretty accurately sums it up.

One thought on “Election Shorts

  1. Obama is definitely a child of the 60s…right down to his stints doing hard drugs in college, his inward-looking policy ideas (i.e. he doesn't examine the world…he only governs from his personal beliefs without consent of his people….just as Hippies do not care about the world at large…only their personal fulfillment…despite their claims to the contrary). He's classically counter-culture…and Americans will rise up and reject that notion in 2012…of that I am confident.

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