critiques together and what do you get? A broad yet extraordinarily
fragile coalition of Obama voters — all of whom want at least one
kind of substantive, even sweeping change in policy, and all of
whom stand to be significantly disappointed.
Michael has already beaten this drum —
If he wins the White
House, Obama will leak damaging news on Fridays. He will flinch. He
will misspeak from podiums adorned with the presidential seal. He
will make stupid and damaging bargains with his political enemies.
He will not be able to satisfy free-traders and protectionists. He
will not usher in an era for new socialist man, nor will he make
the march of global capitalism any more pleasant to those it
displaces or any more hip to those that it enriches. He will not
convince his opponents that they were wrong all along. They will
not forgive him with a friendly laugh. He won’t trim the illegal
powers bestowed on the office by his predecessors. Out of
expediency, he will use codewords designed to vilify the opinions
of millions of his countrymen. And occasionally, he will just be a
boring, incompetent, tired, human. His story is one of a long,
tragic, assimilation into our political class.
But what if these effects start piling up before Obama wins? A reminder of the reality of
politics, yes, but also of its pathologies.
James Poulos is a doctoral student at Georgetown and the former Political Editor of Culture11. His writing has been published by The American Conservative, The National Interest, The New Atlantis, Partnership for a Secure America, and The Weekly Standard. In addition to AmSpecBlog, he has blogged at The American Scene, Doublethink, and Postmodern Conservative, which he founded. With degrees in political science and law from Duke and USC, he is currently at work on a dissertation about life after Napoleon. In his spare time he anti-blogs at Pish Tosh.
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