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Denial, arrogance and self-pity are ingredients for a pretty toxic cocktail. And yet it seems that the occupants of the White House bunker, shell-shocked by Scott Brown, are coping by mixing all three with a little Kool-Aid.

In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, the president offered his nuanced analysis of the Bay State Gotterdammerung and his first year in office.

In short: I did nothing wrong.

Well, with one caveat: "... one thing I regret this year is that we were so busy just getting stuff done ... that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people. ... I think the assumption was, if I just focus on policy, if I just focus on the, you know, this provision, or that law, or are we making a good, rational decision here, that people will get it."

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Cue the record-scratch sound effect!

Look, Fidel Castro can get away with saying something like that. He's been cloistered away on life support, unable to give his epic speeches to rent-a-crowds. But Obama? Barack Obama?

In his first year as president, Obama has broken all records for talking directly to the American people. According to CBS News, he has delivered 411 public "speeches, comments and remarks" and 158 interviews -- more than one public statement per day and roughly an interview every other day.

The supposedly aloof Obama already personalizes things more than a host on "The View." Every address is so laden with "me," "myself" and "I," you'd think he was trying to fix the economy with a massive stimulus of personal pronouns.

Obama is a near-permanent fixture not just of news-magazine covers but all magazine covers, including Men's Fitness and American Dog -- which, admittedly, he shared with a three-legged pooch named Baby. He's schmoozed with Oprah and given plenty of in-depth interviews on "60 Minutes."

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Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online,and the author of the forthcoming book The Tyranny of Clichés. You can reach him via Twitter @JonahNRO.
 
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