12 March 2010

Brooks assesses Obama

And, on the whole, does a good job of it. After pointing out the absurdity of both right and left opiniond, he concludes with a paragraph that begins to get at the zeitgeist of our 21rst century America. Assuming you believe in creatures like the zeitgeist.
In a sensible country, people would see Obama as a president trying to define a modern brand of moderate progressivism. In a sensible country, Obama would be able to clearly define this project without fear of offending the people he needs to get legislation passed. But we don’t live in that country. We live in a country in which many people live in information cocoons in which they only talk to members of their own party and read blogs of their own sect. They come away with perceptions fundamentally at odds with reality, fundamentally misunderstanding the man in the Oval Office.

But then I am only putting this here because it succinctly summarizes several things I believe.

someday I will plagiarize most of it, once I edit out that crack about blogs.


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