Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Sound of a Preference Cascade.

Washington Post liberal columnist Richard Cohen outlines - gasp! - a character flaw of the Lightworker! Obama doesn't really care about anyone other than himself.

But somewhere between the campaign and the White House itself, Obama got lost. It turned out he had no cause at all. Expanding health insurance was Hillary Clinton’s longtime goal, and even after Obama adopted it, he never argued for it with any fervor. In an unfairly mocked campaign speech, he promised to slow the rise of the oceans and begin to heal the planet. But when he took office, climate change was abandoned — too much trouble, too much opposition. His eloquence, it turned out, was reserved for campaigning.

Obama never espoused a cause bigger than his own political survival. This is the gravamen of the indictment from the left, particularly certain African Americans. They are right. Young black men fill the jails and the morgues, yet Obama says nothing. Bobby Kennedy showed his anger, his impatience, his stunned incredulity at the state of black America. Obama shows nothing.

Cohen is still going to vote for Obama, but he says he will do so with regret.

Also, note this paragraph:

The crowd adored Obama, although not as much as I think he adored himself. Liberals were intolerant of anyone who had doubts. Obama was not a man, but a totem. A single critical column from me during the campaign triggered a fusillade of invective. The famous and esteemed told me off. I was the tool of right-wing haters, a dope of a dupe.

Notice how that works. Cohen goes off the reservation with a single column and gets a "fusillade of invective." So, he stays on the reservation thereafter. Until now, when it's safe to do so because other people are criticizing the Lightworker.

This comports with Glen Reynolds observation that "Americans of all political persuasions are now comfortable criticizing the president."


Karen Pansegro said...

That campaign speech was "unfairly" mocked???

Peter Sean Bradley said...

For liberals, actually quoting what they say constitutes "unfair mocking."

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