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The party of smart people should be embarrassed

Like many insightful pundits who heard (or bed) the president’s speech last week in Osawatomie, Kansas, Michael Barone (as I noted earlier) came away most unimpressed. On Friday, he began his commentary on the address by reminding us of the intellectual pretensions of the president’s party:

Democrats like to think of themselves as the party of smart people. And over the last four years we have heard countless encomiums, and not just from Democrats, of the intellect and perceptiveness of Barack Obama. But a reading of the text of Obama’s December 6 speech at Osawatomie, Kansas, billed as one of his big speeches of the year, shows him to be something like the opposite.

Even by the standards of campaign rhetoric, this is a shockingly shoddy piece of work. You can start with his intellectually indefensible caricature of Republican philosophy: “We are better off when everybody is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules.” Or his simple factual inaccuracy: “The wealthiest Americans are paying the lowest taxes in over half a century.” Or his infantile economic analysis, blaming job losses on the invention of the automated teller machine (they’ve been around for more than four decades, Mr. President, and we’ve had lots of job growth during that time) and the Internet.

Barone faults the Democrat for the “weakness of his public policy arguments”.   The president’s weak arguments are accompanied by only a paucity of programs to address the very big problems the country faces.  Perhaps that’s because, as Barone claims, the incumbent “has no serious interest in public policy”:

He has spent nearly half his 15 years in public office running for other public office. The only difference now is that, having run out of higher offices to run for, he is just running for reelection instead. Those who pride themselves on belonging to the party of smart people should be embarrassed.

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7 Comments

  1. Hey, where are the ‘smart people’ (GP trolls) lately anyway? Embarrassed?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 12, 2011 @ 12:28 pm - December 12, 2011

  2. I think some of the brighter ones have realized there is no more defense for the SCOAMF, which leaves us with Serenity.

    Comment by V the K — December 12, 2011 @ 1:20 pm - December 12, 2011

  3. President Obama is an illusion created by himself, his campaign, & the MSM; now that the precious, brittle cult of personality has crumbled, Obama has nowhere to go given he’s been exposed as the Communist ideologue. Obama, the man, is a shallow, superficial thing who would make a puddle of water seem deep.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — December 12, 2011 @ 3:18 pm - December 12, 2011

  4. There’s no need to be embarrassed. He is so smart he seems stupid to those of us who just don’t understand. He is way above our heads. /sarc

    Comment by Az Mo in NYC — December 12, 2011 @ 4:44 pm - December 12, 2011

  5. It’s the illusion created by himself I feel most worried about, because he actually seems to believe it.

    Comment by perturbed — December 12, 2011 @ 5:37 pm - December 12, 2011

  6. I think some of the brighter ones have realized there is no more defense for the SCOAMF, which leaves us with Serenity.

    Well hello there, I was planning to skip this thread until I saw you so obviously wanted me here, so I might as well raise my objection.

    Or his simple factual inaccuracy: “The wealthiest Americans are paying the lowest taxes in over half a century.”

    Where, exactly, is the ‘simple’ inaccuracy? The top marginal tax rate is still at 35% (considerably lower than the ~90% it was about 50 years ago, lower even than the 70% it was at when Reagan entered office) and I don’t recall any raises in the rates of capital gains or dividend taxes lately, so when in the last half century were the wealthiest Americans paying lower taxes?

    I would ask Michael Barone himself, but Daniel seems to have forgotten to post a link to his article.

    Comment by Serenity — December 13, 2011 @ 6:07 am - December 13, 2011

  7. Because, Pomposity, a simple look at the top marginal tax rates for the past hundred years would show you that, between 1988 and 1992, the top marginal tax rate was at 28% and 31%.

    In short, the facts are there. You are just one of Obama’s typical imbecile base who believes everything he says because of his skin color and insists that anyone who disagrees with or contradicts him is wrong.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — December 13, 2011 @ 11:53 am - December 13, 2011

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