Friday, July 18, 2008

Go Charles Go!


Charles Krauthammer was just killing me this morning with his column. He goes after Obama and combines the conclusions of himself in others with a very decent dash of snarkiness that had me chortling.

Obama is a three-year senator without a single important legislative achievement to his name, a former Illinois state senator who voted "present" nearly 130 times. As president of the Harvard Law Review, as law professor and as legislator, has he ever produced a single notable piece of scholarship? Written a single memorable article? His most memorable work is a biography of his favorite subject: himself.

It is a subject upon which he can dilate effortlessly. In his victory speech upon winning the nomination, Obama declared it a great turning point in history -- "generations from now we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment" -- when, among other wonders, "the rise of the oceans began to slow." As economist Irwin Stelzer noted in his London Daily Telegraph column, "Moses made the waters recede, but he had help." Obama apparently works alone.

That last bit was quite good. It make the point so well, besides charisma and a belief in himself, what is it about this guy that should make us pull a lever for him and hand over the country? The answer is absolutely nothing.