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    The qualities that come to mind that I see in him, beyond intelligent, erudite, thoughtful and well-educated, are glib, dilettante, weak, disengenuous, vain and ambitious. Basically, he's a really smart and sophisticated person who set lofty goals for himself that he lacks the talent, drive or toughness to fully see through, but not wanting to appear to have failed, has taken short cuts to achieve some approximation of these goals, that seem like but aren't actually these goals. I.e. he's part for real, part fake. I.e. a hack.

    Thing is, we have a political system that rewards hacks, at least the more talented and ambitious ones who aren't averse to cutting such corners and desperately want to "succeed". Our corporations are also full of them, and account for the high profit for them/low return for us state of today's economy. These people aren't focused on deep, lasting, genuine solutions to long-term problems, but whatever works, or seems to work, today, letting some other sucker deal with the mess they leave when they more onto something else (and the always do). It's a semi-con game, in which they have to deliver something, but which still falls far short of what they claim to be delivering.

    Thing is, I'm almost grateful for this hack, because there are far worse ones out there. He's clearly done some good, even great things, that others might have botched or punted on. He's smarter and more talented than the average hack, and on some level does appear to care, in ways that many hacks do not. But he's no FDR or even LBJ. Certainly no Lincoln or Washington (at least when the latter was president, as he was certainly a hack as a young man).

    Sometimes I wonder if he's gotten himself into a trap, repeating CW memes about deficits and cuts and other such nonsense because he believes he has to say them to be taken seriously, and to make him seem less progressive than he'd like to think he is, lest he be seen as too far left, and not because he believes them, as a political tactic, only to find that he's bullshitted his way into a corner he can't get out of. I.e. he's not as good at 11DC as he thought he was, and he doesn't know how to get out, having been outplayed by the Cheneys of the system, like McConnell and Baucus.

    In any case, it's really irrelevant. Whatever his true beliefs and motivations, without organized public pressure from the left, nothing will happen.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 03:53:25 PM PST

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