Sunday, February 21, 2010

"Justice" Barack Obama?

Ed Lasky at American Thinker marvels at the ability of the Washington Post's Jeffrey Rosen to get it so wrong. From a recent article by Rosen:
[Obama's] too detached and cerebral . Too deferential to Congress. Too willing to compromise . And he's too much of a law professor and not enough of a commander in chief, as Sarah Palin recently admonished.

These are some of the qualities for which the president, rightly or wrongly, is criticized. They are also the qualities that make him well suited for another steady job on the federal payroll: Barack Obama, Supreme Court justice.
Lasky responds:
I am sure I am not alone in failing to see how Barack Obama measures up to these qualities. The "smackdown" alone that Rosen mentions reveals he does not have the temperament, and then there are plenty of instances of his rush to judgment ("the cop acted stupidly") and his hectoring ("I am the only one standing between you and the pitchforks") and straw man arguments, his hyper-partisanship, his blame-shifting; and his history of misunderstanding the law.
No, Ed, you are not alone. I, too, fail to see how Obama ever got the reputation of being "cerebral" (or "too cerebral", as it is usually phrased). What on earth has he done, what has he ever said or written, to make people believe that he is a deep thinker, a first-rate cogitator, a visionary politician, a top-flight statesman? You don't need a first-class mind to be filled with hubris, and even the most arrogant of our presidents have rarely suffered so many pratfalls, so early in their presidencies. Rosen has endowed Obama with qualities he clearly does not possess, and is thus touting him for a job (another job) for which he is manifestly unsuited. Be sure to read Lasky's piece for a short, but comprehensive, fisking of Rosen's hallucinatory ravings.


JeffS said...

Yeah, I read this. Doubling down on stupid is right; the lefties are recognizing that Obama is a clueless windbag, interested only in advancing himself.

But instead of addressing the problem, they want to make him a Supreme Court justice. Don't fix the problem, put it somewhere else.

If they want to do that, send Obama off to Venezuela. Chavez surely needs his help.

Yojimbo said...

I'd make him Supreme Court Chief Justice in...Zimbabwe.

Forget all that judicial termperament junk, that's just the least of the problem.

The crux of the issue is his disdain for the Constitution and its concept of negative rights. The guy once scolded the Warren Court for not going a step further and using its power to redistribute income and power in the name of social justice. The guy wants to return to the days of the Wilson Administration. He is Brandeis Brief on steroids and Viagra. That's the problem.