You know when grown-ups tell you everything's going to be fine, and you think they're probably lying to make you feel better?
Yes.
Everything's going to be fine.

Saturday, July 17

World

Obama

Est un ver.

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Wednesday, July 14

World

You Can't Make A Silver Tongue Out Of A Tin Ear

Via Insty, Mort Zuckerman gets slapped in the face with the cold, dead trout of reality:
The hope that fired up the election of Barack Obama has flickered out, leaving a national mood of despair and disappointment. Americans are dispirited over how wrong things are and uncertain they can be made right again. Hope may have been a quick breakfast, but it has proved a poor supper. A year and a half ago Obama was walking on water. Today he is barely treading water. Then, his soaring rhetoric enraptured the nation. Today, his speeches cannot lift him past a 45 percent approval rating.
Soaring rhetoric?  When he's on (which is rare these days) Obama is wooden.  When he's off (-teleprompter) he's simply inept.

To be fair, Australia's own not-late-but-decidedly-unlamented Kevin Rudd was not merely wooden but utterly leaden; his speeches were actively painful.

To continue:
The president failed to communicate the value of what he wants to communicate. To a significant number of Americans, what came across was a new president trying to do too much in a hurry and, at the same time, radically change the equation of American life in favor of too much government.
And they were right.

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Tuesday, July 13

World

Do Senators Make Bad Presidents?

I hold the U.S Senate of recent years in approximately zero esteem (unless esteem can hold a negative value) and it was some dismay that I watched the 2008 presidential campaign narrow to a choice of three senators.

But do senators intrinsically make bad presidents? Let's take a look at what jobs recent presidents held before election.

Senator
Governor
VP
Obama
Bush, G.W
Bush, G.H.W
KennedyClinton
Ford
HardingReagan
Johnson

Carter
Truman

Roosevelt, F.D
Coolidge

Wilson
Roosevelt, T

McKinley
Nixon

That leaves out three from the 20th and 21st centuries - Eisenhower, who was a five-star general, Hoover, who was Secretary of Commerce, and Taft, who held a number of roles including Secretary of War.

So, in the last century or so, three men have been elected from the senate directly to the presidency: Obama, Kennedy, and Harding.  So, one bad, one potentially great (if flawed), one incumbent.  Unfortunately I'll have to rule insufficient data here.

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