Thursday, December 02, 2010

That sly dog, The One

Obama a Blue Dog. Who knew? Ruby Slippers on The One's latest self-deception, uh convenient transformation, or both. (That must be news to Rahm. Um, did you notice Barack, lots of the Blue Dogs went down to defeat in the midterms--including one in your own stomping grounds, Melissa Bean.) Lots of verbal flips with this guy.

But even Charles Barkley has noted the guy consistently plays left.

While Barkley's switch from right to left earned headlines at the time, as Sir Charles told O'Brien, it's the president's inability to do the opposite that makes him a liability on the basketball court.

"He's a lefty. He always goes left," Barkley said. "If you just stand there, I'm not sure if you opened up the right side, he could go right at all ... There are certain guys who could go either way, they say you're ambidextrous. But he's a one-handed basketball player."

Inability a liability. Interesting. Up until now we've heard only well-orchestrated adulation of the Barackstar on the court.

Well, maybe he can pick up his game. But doubts even from supporters will dog him. It's out in the open now.

P.S. Quin Hillyer, TAS:

Clinton, for all his faults, actually did empathize with individuals. Obama doesn't empathize; he pities. And the object of pity is not an object to respect, so he doesn't really respect the citizens he serves; he merely wants to tell them how to live, for what he imagines is their own good. But it's a cold, supra-rational (but far from reasonable), hyper-judgmental conception of exactly what characterizes the "good" in the first place. Not to push the analogy too far, but at times he reminds me of "IT," the brain on the planet Camazotz in Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. One gets the impression Obama would be perfectly happy if all of us bounced our basketballs in unison -- in "mechanistic synchronicity," as the Wikipedia entry put it -- with his aim being "to enforce absolute conformity…, with the claimed benefit of eliminating war, unhappiness and inefficiency."
Sorry. Bark for Barack is not a winning message in the long run.

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