David Brooks has done it again. As I have mentioned, he consistently writes eloquently about ideas that only swirl the unrefined periphery of my mind.
Brooks claims that Obama is a brilliant politician. I thought going into this election that the national mood was ripe for a genuine reformer, a pistoling maverick. Obama sensed that too. The problem is that Obama isn’t a genuine reformer, he’s only incredibly good at acting the part. Brooks will show you why.
Suppose we admit that Obama is shady underneath his stage makeup. Does it matter? In some sense, as Brooks says, we need a sly and ruthless President to combat fellow Machiavellian world leaders. The point Brooks doesn’t make is that there will (hopefully) be enormous pressure from his legion of drooling drone followers (followers, not supporters), such that the people will compel him to do what he currently does not intend to do: make genuine reforms. Perhaps a candidate’s followers mold the candidate’s accomplishments more than the candidate himself.
I do not have a peculiarly high level of innate intelligence, but I am confident in my innate ability to divine who a person really is. I have a bad visceral feeling about Obama. That feeling is gradually reinforced by the rational observations that have been streaming in about him over the past few months. I expect that we will hear more about this mysterious man in the coming months and I expect for my buddy David and I to be correct.