Day By Day

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Obama? Bah! Humbug!

Americans are a sentimental people. When deserved our frequent outpourings of sentiment are laudable -- expressions of the better angels of our nature. But all too frequently our emotions are fixed on someone or something entirely unworthy of them. That seems to be the case with that well-spoken young man from Chicago who lacking any substantial qualifications for the job, ardently desires to become President of the United States. [Apologies to Walter Winchell, who used roughly those terms to describe Franklin Roosevelt, whose first two terms, historians now agree, were a disaster].

Fred Siegel notes the current enthusiasm for an empty suit with despair.
It will be ironic if in the name of post-partisanship we manage, with the contrivance of both Left and Right, to elect Oprah’s candidate, a man with a narrowly partisan record who has never demonstrated a capacity (rhetoric aside) either to lead or to govern. Only Clinton derangement syndrome can explain the alliance of so many otherwise thoughtful people of both parties who speak well of the candidacy of a man with scant knowledge of the world who has never been tested and has never run anything larger than a senatorial office. The question that we need to ask is whether this man—who candidly admits, “I’m not a manager”—can manage the vast apparatus of the federal government. Will packaging be enough to deal with our problems?
Read it here.

Siegel attributes the mindless enthusiasm for young Mr. Obama to a massive revulsion on the part of seniors and youths against the disgusting excesses of the boomer generation. In a sense I agree -- I, too, have been amazed by the despicable narcissism that is rampant in that age cohort -- but I suspect that there is much more to it. I will have more to say on the subject later, but right now I have limited access to the internet [Dunkin' Donuts] and "She Who Must Not Be Named" is coming to pick me up in about ten minutes, so I have to move on. For now, just read the article, it's a good one.


I note that James Kirchick, over at Commentary, cites Siegel's article and notes that the enthusiasm for Obama is not unlike the emotional outpouring at Princess Di's death. [here]