Friday, November 12, 2010

Recommended Reading

Wil Hylton at GQ has a fascinating article examining the struggle of Attorney General Eric Holder, as head of the Obama Justice Department, in attempting to balance principle and politics in the face of a president and administration increasingly embracing the latter at the expense of the former.  The President's decision to yank the Khalid Sheikh Muhammad prosecution from a civilan court in favor of a military tribunal, in defiance of Obama's stated opposition to them during the campaign, is just one example of this phenomenon, but anyone who's paid attention during the last two years is already aware of the legacy that Obama the Pragmatist is in danger of leaving behind.  Reading this piece probably won't leave you feeling much better.

1 comment:

J.R. LeMar said...

Bottom line: I was wrong, and many of his critics were write. He simply does not have the experience necessary to be President right now. He probably should have waited another decade, got some more time in the Senate.

As much as I didn't like her personally, I think Hillary Clinton would probably have been a better choice in 08. Obama wants to be liked too much. He was dumb enough to actually think the right-wing wackos would give him a fair shot. So he keeps trying to be "bipartisan" despite their leadership basically coming right out and saying that they just want to block him from doing anything for the next two years until they can get him out of office. @ least Hillary already knew they hated her, and wouldn't give a damn.