Symbolic of this presidency, Afghan contradictions will plague this one-time peace candidate. I have no good answer to this provocation from Andrew J. Bacevich (The New Republic): "Who is more deserving of contempt? The commander in chief who sends young Americans to die for a cause, however misguided, in which he sincerely believes? Or the commander in chief who sends young Americans to die for a cause in which he manifestly does not believe and yet refuses to forsake?"
No doubt, this establishment White House endorses continuity as a good, a necessary evil, the honoring of inheritances, even when foul, and commitments, even when repugnant. What's so bad about integrating the "best" of the Clinton era, a Rahm Emanuel posits, while salvaging what ultimate "pragmatists" can from the Bush-Cheney juggernaut? Are they that deluded or are we?
Tweedle-dee or Tweedle-dum?
Who knew the '08 Democratic primary battle royal was a charade - between an actual Clinton and a silver-tongued Clinton decoy, the superior campaigner with more enticing promises? Turns out, either Democrat meant Clintonism laid over Bushism, only with stylistic variations. Here was a curious bait and switch spectacle, but devoid of any ultimate "switch." What a billion dollar campaign fraud on democracy - 63 million voters disgusted with Bush sought change and got instead what we most feared: more of the same.
And folks are shocked the ultra-rightwing, comatose a year ago, roars back with (literal) vengeance, like horror figures from the grave. Horror, indeed, worsened by having hard-to-hate, articulate, but uninspired and tragically wary "super-angulators" - so plagued by tunnel vision they're engineering their own demise.
Still on the table - resolving this puzzle: why is this energetic, obviously experienced White House repeatedly shellacked in the message-framing wars by dimwitted Republicans? Why can't so-called liberals battle effectively in the public forum - let alone engage, hear, and stand by average Main Street folks, pass legislation a majority favors, leverage its own huge '08 constituency, and not get ambushed every few weeks by featherweight Sarah Palin?
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