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Operation Hubris

RHSimard Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 6:04 AM
"His second inaugural address was a frilly campaign stump speech, dividing fools and devils (Republicans) from the wise and the sainted (Democrats)." ALL of his speeches are campaign stump speeches. He is in perpetual campaign mode. He loves running for president. He's not so keen on BEING president. The article says Reagan did not represent a partisan realignment. Maybe so, but Reagan personally was a model of respect and amiable relationships with the other side of the aisle. Just compare Reagan working with "Tip" O'Neill against Obama working with...well, anybody.
Fooling Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 8:10 AM
To call him a pathetic president does violence to the language.

He is simply a savage. Nothing more, nothing less. One day the opposition will get guts and give up the cowardice and push back.

Sure, and Boehners will fly. But still....

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...