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Operation Hubris

Matt in N.C. Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 4:53 AM
In the meantime, he'll go on punishing others for what he considers their hubris. America has been too wealthy, too powerful, too self-assertive, too inventive, too productive for too long. He'll address that injustice by putting the country in the middle of the pack. He has no problem with the wealthy, provided that they support him. He loves the poor so much that he wants to keep them poor forever. But he'll crush anyone who wants to rise above his station, especially small businessmen and dissatisfied government dependents, while taxing the middle class, universally despised on the left, into extinction.

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...