Tuesday, October 4, 2011

On the Latest Great White Hope of the Republican Party

From an opinion piece by Maureen Dowd in the NY Times where she looks at New Jersey's governor Chris Christie announcing his non-candidacy for US president. First she side-swipes Obama then nails Christie:
People are longing for a president who can understand their pain, mix it up and get action — not one who averts his gaze, avoids conflict, delegates to Congress, wastes time hunting for common ground, cedes the moon to opponents and fails to get anywhere.

Our nuanced president sticks to gray, while the no-nonsense governor, as Joe Scarborough noted, “paints in primary colors.”
I love the way Maureen Dowd purple prose really spells it out. Obama, the master of nuance and shades of gray. Christie, the puffed up body that’s off-putting and who paints in primary colours. Funny.

Here's her bottom line:
The message from new books by Ron Suskind and Jeffrey Sachs, and from the proliferating Wall Street protesters, seems to be that President Obama is a captive of the banks who pursued policies that helped the very richest people in the country.

Americans who have been hurt want to identify the villains, and Obama is loath to target villains.

Christie can be a bully, but that may seem better than the alternative: a president who lets himself be bullied, and who lets the bullies run wild.
It is tragic that Americans voted in a man of "hope" and "change you can believe in" and instead got a schmuck lost in nuance, sold out to the ultra-rich, and unable to seize the historic moment to save his country.

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