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Respectable Conservatives Still Don't Get Obama
The American Thinker ^ | November 22, 2010 | Jack Cashill

Posted on 11/22/2010 1:59:28 AM PST by Scanian

If United States Senator Al Franken -- it hurts to say that -- ever had a redeeming moment, it was in the role of Stuart Smalley, a character he created for "Saturday Night Live."

In the most memorable of Smalley's "Daily Affirmations," the lisping, wildly insecure psycho-babbler hosts Michael Jordan. After explaining to his audience that Jordan is "a basketball player for a professional basketball team," Smalley says to him, "You should be very proud of yourself."

"Well, thank you, Stuart," says Jordan, "I am."

Stunned by Jordan's self-assurance, Smalley blunders on:

"I can imagine that the night before a game, you must lie awake thinking, 'I'm not good enough. Everybody's better than me. I'm not going to score any points. I have no business playing this game'."

"Well," answers Jordan in perfect deadpan, "not really."

Not even Stuart Smalley would accuse Jordan of narcissism. In real life, as in the Smalley skit, Jordan simply exhibited the confidence that comes with being the world's best practitioner of his art.

From the beginning, too many "respectable" conservatives have thought of Barack Obama as a political Michael Jordan, the best and brightest the system had to offer. Jonathan Last works off this assumption in his current Weekly Standard article, "American Narcissus." Dinesh D'Souza did the same in his recent book, The Roots of Obama's Rage. So too did much of the respectable conservative media (RCM) in the months leading up to the 2008 election.

Whereas William Buckley would have challenged the assumption, son Christopher bought in. "I've read Obama's books, and they are first-rate," he wrote in endorsing Obama weeks before the election, "He is that rara avis, the politician who writes his own books. Imagine."

David Brooks, who graduated from the Weekly Standard to the New York Times in 2003, proved no more discerning. "I remember distinctly an image of -- we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant," Brooks wrote of Obama, "and I'm thinking, a) he's going to be president and b) he'll be a very good president."

No self-described conservative proved more effusive than columnist Kathleen Parker. In an article days before the 2008 election, she hailed Obama as "more Reaganesque than Reagan" and, in a corollary reflex, disowned Sarah Palin, "the winking wonderwoman of Wasilla."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: duped; imposter; kathleenparker; luck; michaeljordan; narcissism; privilege; vanity

1 posted on 11/22/2010 1:59:33 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

YUK


2 posted on 11/22/2010 2:09:18 AM PST by DooDahhhh (hH)
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To: Scanian

An excellent article. The author has nailed the Peggy Noonan types. Old Peggy is wistfully sitting out there hoping that O recovers his “game” so she can go back to fluttering about him.


3 posted on 11/22/2010 2:27:20 AM PST by chickadee
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To: Scanian
David Brooks: "I remember distinctly an image of -- we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant,"

- First off, when one 'man' starts writing about checking out another man's leg, I am reminded of Chris Matthews saying Obama gave him a thrill up his leg.

Brooks wrote of Obama, "and I'm thinking, a) he's going to be president and b) he'll be a very good president."

Brooks should have stopped at the first thinking. His second thinking took him from 1.000 to .500. (actually, he's so wrong on that second thinking, I'll deduct points and take him down to .250).

4 posted on 11/22/2010 2:27:32 AM PST by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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To: Quiller

What’s the deal with Brooks? Is he homosexual?

At the Times, he’d be in the majority if he were.


5 posted on 11/22/2010 2:28:51 AM PST by Scanian
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To: chickadee

I think that all too often the “sensitive” types who are good at writing are also easily taken in by ear-tickling charlatans.


6 posted on 11/22/2010 2:34:27 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Quiller

Trouser crease’s are a mark of attention to appearance either by the man, his wife or his servant. Hardly a mark of capability about anything else.


7 posted on 11/22/2010 2:34:58 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: skr

A crease is the sign of a gentleman. A extremely crisp crease is a sign of a Harvard gentleman. I would imagine that Mr. Obama’s man-servant ensured crisp creases.


8 posted on 11/22/2010 2:48:29 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: chickadee

” ... An excellent article. The author has nailed the Peggy Noonan types ... “

So now we are to consider Peggy Noonan a “respectable Conservative”?

I think not! She is a paid opinion shaping operative who has no principles.
In the 1970s, the Church investigation found that 1,200 high profile media personalities where on the CIA payroll.

May I suggest that Peggy’s income is not single source!


9 posted on 11/22/2010 2:53:28 AM PST by J Edgar
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To: Quiller

Our Betters have to think they are better at discerning the truth and evaluating people than We Humble Peons. So while anybody could look at Obama and see an over-rated, doctrinaire, Socialist rabble-rouser, it takes a fine Harvard intellect to decode the meaning of his trouser creases.


10 posted on 11/22/2010 2:56:08 AM PST by Haiku Guy (Anything not about elephants is irrelephant.)
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To: skr

The one thing left out in this article is that these “elite” people saw in Obama WHAT THEY WANTED TO SEE! A con artist really doesn’t con people people, he helps them con themselves. The two most telling points were the attacks on Joe the Plumber and Palin because they showed Obama for what he really was and the the press for what it was creating, a false image. Since there could be, obviously, nothing wrong with the elite and their image of Obama there was something wrong with Joe the Plumber and Palin so they had to be destroyed! Having been hood winked and hooked they are now embarrassed about their gullibility. This has caused Matthews to say he never said he got a tingle, yet we have all seen the video. Parker is now embarrassed for acting like a ditsy school girl with a hormone laden crush on the star quarter back. Palin is getting grudging respect, but only because she told them so...


11 posted on 11/22/2010 2:58:16 AM PST by carcraft (Pray for our Country)
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To: skr
Trouser crease’s are a mark of attention to appearance either by the man, his wife or his servant.

Good point.

Would one expect a narcissist to have uncreased trousers?

12 posted on 11/22/2010 3:07:28 AM PST by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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To: Scanian

I don’t recognize Christopher Buckley, David Brooks or Kathleen Parker as “conservatives” , so the entire premise of the article is false.


13 posted on 11/22/2010 3:15:19 AM PST by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: Scanian
Did they ever hear Rev Wright? Did they ever see him throw a baseball? Did they ever ask a tough question of him?

Sadly the answer for all these loons is no, no and no.

The libturds built Zer0 up as their messiah, and now he's looking like a one-term failure who will have a worse reputation than Jimmy Carter.

When do we prosecute these Kool Aid drinking fools? I'll be damned if these traitors and tax cheats get to flip us off one last time in a lame duck session, then come slithering back as lobbyists next April.

OBAMA-ALL HAT
Obama


We expect a leader to be effective in his job, not just a public relations artist who is "all hat and no cattle."

14 posted on 11/22/2010 3:16:14 AM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: BobP

“... now he’s looking like a one-term failure who will have a worse reputation than Jimmy Carter.”

I hope that’s all he turns out to be. I fear that he has his bureaucracy and aide structure set up to create an economic conflagration we may never recover from in order to punish “the man” and try to “level” all parts of society.

Redistribution (i.e., spread misery and mediocrity around) will be the aim and destruction the result. And vulturres like Soros can buzz in to pick the bones.


15 posted on 11/22/2010 3:22:36 AM PST by Scanian
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To: wildandcrazyrussian

Remember, those are “respectable conservativees.” I.e., “conservatives” who are accepted by the likes of the NY Times.

A joke here in the blogosphere, perhaps, but still very influential with the Republican establishment and the media.

They have their impact. look what that type did to Christine O’Donnell and do daily to Sarah Palin. They are classist and elitist and they are tolerated and sometimes used by the liberal media—but never liked by them.


16 posted on 11/22/2010 3:29:34 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

“I think that all too often the “sensitive” types who are good at writing are also easily taken in by ear-tickling charlatans.”

We need more math types.


17 posted on 11/22/2010 4:00:26 AM PST by ari-freedom (Obama is now the Groper in Chief)
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To: Quiller

“Trouser crease’s are a mark of attention to appearance either by the man, his wife or his servant.”

WADR, while I have no problem with the gist of your reply, you made an all-too-common mistake in punctuation; e.g., “trouser crease’s.” instead of trouser creases.

By using an apostrophe you did not create the plural of crease; you created SINGULAR POSSESSIVE of crease. Which automatically triggers in the reader’s mind: Trouser crease’s what? Trouser crease’s sharpness? Or trouser crease’s length? Understand? In most cases, a plural can be created from a SINGULAR simply by adding the letter S. But NEVER by adding an apostrophe WITH the S. That creates NOT A PLURAL, but a SINGULAR POSSESSIVE. No charge for the foregoing info. ;oD


18 posted on 11/22/2010 4:05:38 AM PST by Tucker39
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To: Scanian

“types who are good at writing are also easily taken in by ear-tickling charlatans.”

Not by WHITE charlatans they aren’t. Brooks et al didn’t require the simplist standards of the black fellow. Form of racisim, you know.


19 posted on 11/22/2010 4:16:41 AM PST by TalBlack
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To: ari-freedom

Sarah was the only one truly vocal about the danger of obama.


20 posted on 11/22/2010 4:16:49 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (I'm not Anti-Obama - I'm Pro-America)
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To: Scanian

Nothing in Obama, from the first time I became aware of him, ever suggested anything but an ordinary politician with a barely average intelligence. His speaking is simply ordinary but I suspect the racists on the left think it’s “pretty good for a black guy” or some such nonsense


21 posted on 11/22/2010 4:21:30 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: Scanian

“Media Malpractice”

That, combined with serial political and legislative malpractice has brought the country to the brink.


22 posted on 11/22/2010 4:25:39 AM PST by mo
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To: Tucker39; Quiller
Hell, I got Quiller beat! I once cut “Forever In Our Heart's” on a grave stone. Try erasing THAT! I also got Tucker's criticism from a really po’d daughter of the deceased.
23 posted on 11/22/2010 4:27:47 AM PST by TalBlack
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To: Scanian

Geeze, uhm....Gag?

Obama was never more than a Carny Midway magician with second rate slight of hand.


24 posted on 11/22/2010 4:31:47 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: TalBlack

As I recall, Bubba made a pretty strong impression on some of them. Impeachment wasn’t a popular course of action among that crowd.

But, I forget, Clinton was the first black president.


25 posted on 11/22/2010 4:33:24 AM PST by Scanian
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To: ari-freedom

I agree.

Paul Ryan seems very strong in math.

He made Zer0 look positively flummoxed in Baltimore last year, picking apart Obamacare piece by piece.


26 posted on 11/22/2010 4:35:50 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian
"I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant,"

So was Larry Sinclair.

27 posted on 11/22/2010 4:36:20 AM PST by thethirddegree
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To: muir_redwoods

“Nothing in Obama, from the first time I became aware of him, ever suggested anything but an ordinary politician with a barely average intelligence. His speaking is simply ordinary but I suspect the racists on the left think it’s “pretty good for a black guy” or some such nonsense”

They like the way he speaks off a teleprompter. He tries to sound like he’s some kind of MLK Jr. This sounds impressive compared to the speaking ability of most public-schooled politicians.
Rhetoric is part of the classical Trivium and should be mastered by all conservatives. If someone doesn’t know how to speak well, few will take him seriously.


28 posted on 11/22/2010 4:39:13 AM PST by ari-freedom (Obama is now the Groper in Chief)
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To: thethirddegree

Homos have been at the core of Huussein’s support from the beginning.

More needs to be said about the homosexual underpinnings of the radical left. The sexual preference of those people tends way to gay. In fact, I think it is one of the main things that causes resentment and bitchiness among lefties and creates the eternal unhappiness that so many of them seem to project.

But talking about sexual deviancy isn’t PC, is it?


29 posted on 11/22/2010 4:41:09 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

“Paul Ryan seems very strong in math.
He made Zer0 look positively flummoxed in Baltimore last year, picking apart Obamacare piece by piece.”

That’s how he was able to win in WI. Blue states will vote for conservative Republicans if they are very educated and can win debates.


30 posted on 11/22/2010 4:44:45 AM PST by ari-freedom (Obama is now the Groper in Chief)
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To: Scanian

OBAMA IS A DEMOCRAT!

Not every Democrat is EVIL.

But being a Democrat at all is the first overt sign of POOR JUDGEMENT!


31 posted on 11/22/2010 4:44:52 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Scanian

Interesting piece. The “respectable” “conservatives” who thought that 0bama was the political version of Michael Jordan (quite an insulting comparison, as Jordan was/is successful because he was an excellent athlete and businessman, not because he is black) are lamenting that they are no longer considered “respectable” nor “conservative.”


32 posted on 11/22/2010 5:23:39 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Scanian

This is off-topic, but I just saw an interesting story on WND about an observation a CNN reporter made about Obama that he seemed “punchy” on the flight back from the EU summit. The story is at http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=231325 and seems to suggest that Obama may have some mental health issues.


33 posted on 11/22/2010 5:44:43 AM PST by thethirddegree
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To: skr

Creases, not crease’s! Where did that apostrophe come from?!


34 posted on 11/22/2010 11:05:03 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Tucker39
Thank you for calling my attention to the the inaccuracy of "crease's" vice "creases". (Or maybe it could be "creasi"?)

However, had you noted that the term "crease's" was in the italicized portion of my posting -- denoting that it was quoted from skr's original post -- you might have more correctly addressed the correction to skr.

My error, if any, would have been to omit [sic] immediately after the incorrect form, to clearly mark for the reader a recognized error which was retained in order to remain true to the original flavor of the quoted material.

Not that my posts are perfect -- I quite commonly have a 'doh!' moment right after I've hit the "Post" button, or I have to execute a "headslap reset" right after I read material I have posted.

But in this case, I would have to forward the charges. ;{)

35 posted on 11/23/2010 2:02:02 AM PST by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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