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Operation Hubris

DHE Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 7:38 AM
And who had less hubris? Agamemnon or Achilles? And now Democrats or Republicans? Both are caught up in the same death spiral? Whose death? Our economy's? Because in John Adams' words, “The real terrors of both Parties have all ways been, and now are, the fear that they shall loose the Elections and consequently the Loaves and Fishes; and that their Antagonists will obtain them.” Their hubris leads them to believe once they are on top, that their continued rise is inevitable. As for Mr. Goldberg, who I sometimes agree with, his own hubris led him to blast, just before the election, Nate Silver, who turned out to be unusually accurate once again. It would be the epitome of self-effacement and lack of hubris for Mr. G to acknowledge it.

One of the great things about American politics is its capacity for punishing hubris.

For the ancient Greeks, hubris didn't merely describe god-like arrogance. It was a crime, usually defined as taking too much pleasure in the humiliation of your foes. In its modern usage it usually means the pride that comes before the fall.

In the wake of Barack Obama's State of the Union address, both connotations seem at least a little apt. We are well into our fourth month of epidemic thumb-suckery over the question, "Are the Republicans doomed?" The latest New York Times Magazine asks, "Can the Republicans...