23 June 2010

Paging Graham Allison and Morton Halperin

Evidence that the president believes in the perfectibility of mankind:
The president, Mr. Gibbs said, will say that “it is time for everyone involved to put away their petty disagreements, put aside egos and get to the job at hand.”
--New York Times

This may be rhetoric, but it may not be. The president, even when he was senator, displayed a tendency to engage in wishful thinking about overcoming politics and healing America. Nice thoughts, but better suited for pastoral work than presidential duty. Perhaps American liberals really do believe that people fight over politics because they're insufficiently enlightened. The thought is so foreign to me that I can't believe that anyone seriously believes this, but the evidence is mounting.

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