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Brightness Dark

        Posted August 27, 2009         Filed under: History, Politics, psychology | Tags: , Edit

For certain complex jobs, complex men are not always the answer. Slightly obstinate, one-track minded thinkers sometimes much better equipped to face a world itself obstinate and one-dimensional, in so many of its parts.

Take the case of President Reagan, my old friend Irwin Steinberg once assured me, not the brightest leader but wearing out the Russians who were just as torpid, plus running out of gas and high-octane young blood. Young Clinton a lot smarter but screwing up on everything he put his hands on, including his heavyweight intern and her younger sister, known as Oral B. Credited with a booming right-wing economy and zero deficits inherited from the Thatcher/Reagan camp, their breaking retrograde unions’ back and cutting government excess, and him lucky enough not to have to go to war.

Bush Jr not so lucky, 9/11 on his watch, but history probably on his side after the dust settles in Afghanistan and Iraq, grave threats needing to be addressed and doing so with a straightforward, perhaps overly simplistic, hard-line approach, but getting an ugly job done in an ugly, ugly world.

With Irwin insisting, if you’re too smart you correctly think of all the things that might go wrong, and waver, and consult, and double check, and doubt, constantly worrying about your place, the polls, instead of saying That’s enough! If not,  having so much less to worry about…

And it’s what preoccupies me about Obama; sometimes I think he’s too smart. On top of that the Right ever hardworking, basic, intolerant and the Left intelligent but lazier and thus more often intellectually dishonest. Not Obama himself perhaps, but all that balancing to be done, the deals, the compromises, the smiles, the handshakes, in the park, making all the rounds, forgetting down below there’s a ballgame going on.

Cheers Mr Steinberg, wherever you hold court, today, in Montreal.

Brightness Dark

For certain complex jobs, complex men are not always the answer. Slightly obstinate, one-track minded thinkers sometimes much better equipped to face a world itself obstinate and one-dimensional, in so many of its parts.

Take the case of President Reagan, my old friend Irwin Steinberg once assured me, not the brightest leader but wearing out the Russians who were just as torpid, plus running out of gas and high-octane young blood. Young Clinton a lot smarter but screwing up on everything he put his hands on, including his heavyweight intern and her younger sister, known as Oral B. Credited with a booming right-wing economy and zero deficits inherited from the Thatcher/Reagan camp, their breaking retrograde unions’ back and cutting government excess, and him lucky enough not to have to go to war.

Bush Jr not so lucky, 9/11 on his watch, but history probably on his side after the dust settles in Afghanistan and Iraq, grave threats needing to be addressed and doing so with a straightforward, perhaps overly simplistic, hard-line approach, but getting an ugly job done in an ugly, ugly world.

With Irwin insisting, if you’re too smart you correctly think of all the things that might go wrong, and waver, and consult, and double check, and doubt, constantly worrying about your place, the polls, instead of saying That’s enough! If not, having so much less to worry about…

And it’s what preoccupies me about Obama; sometimes I think he’s too smart. On top of that the Right ever hardworking, basic, intolerant and the Left intelligent but lazier and thus more often intellectually dishonest. Not Obama himself perhaps, but all that balancing to be done, the deals, the compromises, the smiles, the handshakes, in the park, making all the rounds, forgetting down below there’s a ballgame going on.

Cheers Mr Steinberg, wherever you hold court, today, in Montreal.

Blame

U.S. minorities suddenly reaching the pinnacle of influence and power, now better convince their own to stop the blame game because certainly not all under-privilege, but a lot of it, is caused by lack of pride and easy morals, detectable in good mirrors everywhere.

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