June 01, 2010

Couldn’t have said it better myself, and therefore won’t. Here’s The Economist.

Maureen Dowd doinked Mr Obama Saturday with her silly-straw-like wit, faulting his “inability to encapsulate Americans’ feelings.” Yeah, you know who would’ve killed as the president facing a deep-sea oil blowout? Philip Seymour Hoffman. Or maybe Meryl Streep. Did you see them in “Doubt?”

Ms Dowd’s involvement is fitting, as this may be the sorriest spectacle of content-free public hyperventilation since Al Gore’s earth tones. The difference is that in this case the issue is deadly serious; it’s the public discourse that is puerile. There is plenty of room for substantive critique of the flaws in governance and policy uncovered by the Deepwater Horizon blowout. You could talk about regulatory failure. You could talk about corporate impunity. You could talk about blithely ignoring the tail-end risk of going ahead with deepwater drilling without any capacity to cope with catastrophic blowouts. Precisely none of these subjects are evident in the arguments our pundit class is having. Instead we have empty-headed squawking over what the catastrophe is doing to Barack Obama's image…



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 01, 2010 06:16 PM
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Agreed. There is so much empty-headed chatter because, alas, that's who we are...largely a nation of empty-headed Monday morning quarterbacks.

If we stopped talking we'd have to think. If we think, we might just agree with something. That might lead to...heaven forfend...a cooperative, supporting spirit. Ohno....we can't have THAT.

We know damn well that Obama's blackness is freaking the folks out so badly that they don't even want to see beyond all the barriers they're throwing up. If they dared to look, they would see our nation going down the tubes.

Posted by: Bendra on June 2, 2010 9:07 AM

The money quote from The Economist:

What we're seeing here is a perfect circus of media nothingball: people aggressively criticising the administration for not acting aggressively enough while aggressively ignoring the fact that they oppose anything aggressive the administration does.

Posted by: Vigilante on June 2, 2010 11:06 AM
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