I’m already tired of talking about that Drew Westen article about how Obama should have given better speeches and demonized the banksters more. I’m not saying it’s all wrong, but I mostly agree with the Monkey Cage’s take on it, that demonizing the banksters more might not have worked that well and that Westen is “fundamentally wrong in its portrayal of presidential power within American politics”.
American politics is a disaster in most ways. Media commentary is a mix of right-wing propaganda, both-sides-do-it tripe, and infantile fantasies about Reagan and Churchill. Very Serious People — at Brookings, at CFR, at S&P — are consistently wrong about almost everything, from Iraq to austerity. A political party used to sometimes nominate smart competent leaders like Eisenhower and Bush I now elects extremists, some of whom wanted to see a huge government default. The one bright spot is that the Democratic party often nominates good presidential candidates. Whether or not Clinton and Obama got/get everything right, they have to be near the very top of the heap of western political leaders of the last 25 years in terms of intellect and political talent.
I just don’t see why it makes sense to focus much energy on why they are, or were, so awful.
I realize that this makes sound like the worst kind of fanboi, but everything I said is true, right?