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Finally, The Cognoscenti Ask: What Could We Be Thinking?
IBD Editorials ^ | September 30, 2011 | The great MARK STEYN

Posted on 09/30/2011 4:05:22 PM PDT by Kaslin

'The way I think about it," Barack Obama told a TV station in Orlando, "is, you know, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft."

He has a point. This is a great, great country that got so soft that 53% of electors voted for a ludicrously unqualified chief executive who would be regarded as a joke candidate in any serious nation.

One should not begrudge a man who seizes his opportunity. But one should certainly hold in contempt those who allow him to seize it on the basis of such flaccid generalities as "hope" and "change": That's more than "a little" soft.

"He's probably the smartest guy ever to become president," declared presidential historian Michael Beschloss the day after the 2008 election. But you don't have to be that smart to put one over on all the smart guys.

"I'm a sap, a specific kind of sap. I'm an Obama Sap," admits David Brooks, the softest touch at the New York Times. Tina Brown, editor of Newsweek, now says of the president: "He wasn't ready, it turns out, really."

If you're a tenured columnist at the Times, you can just about afford the consequences of your sappiness. But among the hundreds of thousands of your readers who didn't know you were a sap until you told them three years later, soft choices have hard consequences.

If you're one of Obama's core constituencies, those who looked so photogenic at all the hopeychangey rallies, things are really hard: "Young Becoming 'Lost Generation' Amid Recession" (CBS News). Tough luck, rubes. You got a bumper sticker; he got to make things worse.

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1 posted on 09/30/2011 4:05:26 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I think we’ll be redefining “smart” in the future.


2 posted on 09/30/2011 4:09:18 PM PDT by Jeff Vader (Palin 2012)
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To: Kaslin
If you're a tenured columnist at the Times, you can just about afford the consequences of your sappiness. But among the hundreds of thousands of your readers who didn't know you were a sap until you told them three years later, soft choices have hard consequences.

ping

3 posted on 09/30/2011 4:11:48 PM PDT by alrea
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To: Kaslin

“Unexpected.”


4 posted on 09/30/2011 4:15:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: Kaslin

All these lib elite who are abandoning obama are doing so because they are racists. Haters. Worse than the KKK. Nazis. Uh, what were some of those other terms they called Pubs who want to get rid of Dick Obama?


5 posted on 09/30/2011 4:21:21 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Kaslin
You can set your clock by Obama's rejection of "Obamaism."

It was clear that it was gonna be Obamunism from the get-go.

6 posted on 09/30/2011 4:28:38 PM PDT by Hugin ("A man'll usually tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear it"--- Open Range)
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To: Kaslin

FUBO


7 posted on 09/30/2011 4:32:49 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kaslin
This is a great, great country that got so soft that 53% of electors voted for a ludicrously unqualified chief executive who would be regarded as a joke candidate in any serious nation.

And so were Kerry--Gore -- Clinton
8 posted on 09/30/2011 4:52:21 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: Kaslin

co·gno·scen·ti

plural noun
...persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, especially in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion.

Origin:
1770–80; < Italian, Latinized variant of conoscente (present participle of conoscere to know)


9 posted on 09/30/2011 5:03:07 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: Kaslin
'The way I think about it," Barack Obama told a TV station in Orlando, "is, you know, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft."

Referring to that statement, tonight Charles Krauthammer said about Obama, "He's seen as somebody who's compounding condescension, incompetence and narcissism all in one sentence. It's hard to do, but he's done it!"

10 posted on 09/30/2011 5:23:52 PM PDT by FreeKeys (Obama's core values are EXACTLY the same as the leaders of Greece, Cuba, Zimbabwe & North Korea)
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To: Kaslin
"He's probably the smartest guy ever to become president," declared presidential historian Michael Beschloss the day after the 2008 election.

Surely Beschloss remembers JFK's saying, "There has never been a greater concentration of intellectual power here at the White House since Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

Besides, one should consider the likelihood that the reason Obamadinanutjob's college transcripts are unavailable is because he's ashamed of them.

11 posted on 09/30/2011 5:32:01 PM PDT by FreeKeys (Obama's core values are EXACTLY the same as the leaders of Greece, Cuba, Zimbabwe & North Korea)
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To: Jeff Vader
I think we’ll be redefining “smart” in the future.

“There is not in all America a more dangerous trait than the deification of mere smartness unaccompanied by any sense of moral responsibility.” -- Teddy Roosevelt, Abilene, KS, May 2, 1903

12 posted on 09/30/2011 5:38:57 PM PDT by FreeKeys (Obama wants to remake America in the image of Greece. Or Zimbabwe. Or Cuba. Or North Korea.)
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To: Kaslin

The looney left thought they were electing an African-American. The elected an African-Arab. Now how long do they expect this Arab/muslim can pretend to be pro-American?


13 posted on 09/30/2011 6:35:04 PM PDT by abclily
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To: Kaslin; Jet Jaguar; Lady Jag; Slings and Arrows; maggief; Dog; BP2; Candor7; martin_fierro; ...

ping to a great read


14 posted on 09/30/2011 9:08:19 PM PDT by bitt ( Obama is so unpopular now that the Kenyans say he was definitely born in Hawaii)
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To: bitt

Thanks for the ping!


15 posted on 09/30/2011 9:23:45 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: bitt

Bump


16 posted on 09/30/2011 9:28:07 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: FreeKeys

Sometimes Charles K sure does hit the nail on the head! Ovomit certainly is as Charles stated!


17 posted on 09/30/2011 10:17:19 PM PDT by seekthetruth (A President is sworn to uphold the Constitution. If he doesn't, IMPEACH him!)
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To: bitt

David Brooks is an ASSHOLE at the very best. A stupid half ass clown. I can’t make it any clearer.


18 posted on 09/30/2011 11:23:26 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: bitt; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks bitt.

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19 posted on 10/01/2011 6:43:05 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Marine_Uncle

What do you mean?


20 posted on 10/01/2011 7:44:05 AM PDT by null and void (Day 983 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: Kaslin
We Cain Do Better


21 posted on 10/01/2011 7:46:54 AM PDT by null and void (Day 983 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: null and void
RE: "What do you mean?"
I have listened to the guy (Brooks) for a long time, watched him recently make a fool of himself during a conference on debt reduction, about two months back, where he talked really dumb things, and was rebutted by a number of people. He comes across like he is some kind of half conservative. He like most in that world can make some sense on some things, but the more I watch him on say the PBS News Hour the more I see he can flip flop back and forth on things some of us would consider a conservative view verse a liberal view, or tries to stay neutral.
Perhaps my original comment was a bit to strong, but I wrote it and cannot take the print back from the page.
22 posted on 10/01/2011 1:02:53 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: Marine_Uncle

We love your spirit. :)


23 posted on 10/01/2011 7:13:22 PM PDT by bitt ( Obama is so unpopular now that the Kenyans say he was definitely born in Hawaii)
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To: bitt

I could have used a bit less glamor in the statement however. Sometimes I forget this site is viewed by those capable of using more discrete language. But thanks for the support. :)


24 posted on 10/01/2011 7:24:53 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: null and void

“Cain vs Unable”
“Cain obama”


25 posted on 10/05/2011 1:21:39 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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