George Will is typically a cool and reflective editorialist, given to serious analysis rather than partisan rhetoric, but as this year’s presidential campaign ends, Will really unloads on Obama, linking the worthless emptiness of his reelection campaign to the worthless emptiness of his presidency.
Energetic in body but indolent in mind, Barack Obama in his frenetic campaigning for a second term is promising to replicate his first term, although simply apologizing would be appropriate. His long campaignâ€™s bilious tone â€” scurrilities about Mitt Romney as a monster of, at best, callous indifference; adolescent japes about â€œRomnesiaâ€ â€” is discordant coming from someone who has favorably compared his achievements to those of â€œany presidentâ€ since Lincoln, with the â€œpossibleâ€ exceptions of Lincoln, LBJ and FDR. Obamaâ€™s oceanic self-esteem â€” no deficit there â€” may explain why he seems to smolder with resentment that he must actually ask for a second term.
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