Hopelessly devoted because of Obama’s fealty to the pole star of Sullivan’s journalism, life and being, Sullivan has long turned a blind eye to Obama’s egregious faults (helpfully chronicled by honest progressives like Glenn Greenwald), including his massive arrogance. Since the debate, he has been having hysterics and is only now discovering that this most narcissistic of Presidents is, you know, a narcissist:
Seriously: has that kind of swing ever happened this late in a campaign? Has any candidate lost 18 points among women voters in one night ever? And we are told that when Obama left the stage that night, he was feeling good. That’s terrifying.
Dude. Feeling good about himself is what Obama *does*. And it nicely serves to insulate him from realizing his capacity for failure, sin or error. In the case of the debates, he seems to have figured it out a little bit. But only time will tell whether he learns from his blunder or simply blames somebody else (Bush maybe?) and continues keeping on keeping on. Judging from your article, Obama mostly seems to be not learning.
The campaign is not over and Obama may take Samuel L. Jackson’s advice and wake up. He certainly has some opportunities to land some punches since Romney, you know, lied on multiple occasions and only Obama’s torpor let him get away with it. (I am struck by how little “winning” a debate has to do with actually speaking the truth and how much it apparently has to do with dazzling with empty rhetoric. But then, Obama is also a skilled liar, as are the rest of our Ruling Class, who rule not by engaging reality but by denying it.)
And speaking of denying reality, Obama’s behavior is a microcosm of what happens when you make that a habit. Sullivan freaks:
Everyone imaginable did what they could for him. And his response? Well, let’s look back a bit:
With President Obama holed up in a Nevada resort for debate practice, things can get pretty boring on the White House beat right now. Pretty boring for Obama too, apparently. “Basically they’re keeping me indoors all the time,” Obama told a supporter on the phone during a visit to a Las Vegas area field office. “It’s a drag,” he added. “They’re making me do my homework.”
Too arrogant to take a core campaign responsibility seriously. Too arrogant to give his supporters what they deserve.
Obama is where he is because he chose to live in unreality. Romney supporters: take note because Romney is just as much addicted to lies and unreality as Obama. He’s lucked out for the moment. But a nation whose leaders are as addicted to unreality as ours are will someday experience collectively what Obama (and his followers) are currently experiencing. I’m glad to see our Narcissist in Chief have to face the consequences of his narcissism. But I still wish they could both lose, because they are both massive liars–and they teach us to honor lies told “in a good cause” and not repudiate them. Sin makes you stupid, whether you are GOP or Dem.
Oh, and shut off the spin machine. It’s threatening to tear itself apart like an unbalanced washing machine.