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Barack Obama is deeply overexposed and often boring. He never seems
to be saying what he's thinking. His speech Thursday was weirdly
anticlimactic. There's too much buildup, the crowd was tired, it all
felt flat. He was somber, and his message was essentially banal: We've
done better than you think. Who are you going to believe, me or your
There was the relentless emphasis on Government as Community, as the
thing that gives us spirit and makes us whole. But government isn't what
you love if you're American, America is what you love.
what you have, need and hire. Its most essential duties—especially when
it is bankrupt—involve defending rights and safety, not imposing views
and values. We already have values. Democrats and Republicans don't see
all this the same way, and that's fine—that's what national politics is,
the working out of this dispute in one direction or another every few
years. But the Democrats convened in Charlotte seemed more extreme on
the point, more accepting of the idea of government as the center of
national life, than ever, at least to me.
The fight over including a single mention of God in the platform—that
was extreme. The original removal of the single mention by the platform
committee—extreme. The huge "No!" vote on restoring the mention of God,
and including the administration's own stand on Jerusalem—that wasn't
liberal, it was extreme. Comparing the Republicans to Nazis—extreme. The
almost complete absence of a call to help education by facing down the
powers that throw our least defended children under the school bus—this
was extreme, not mainstream.
The sheer strangeness of all the talk about abortion, abortion,
contraception, contraception. I am old enough to know a wedge issue when
I see one, but I've never seen a great party build its entire public
persona around one. Big speeches from the heads of Planned Parenthood
and NARAL, HHS Secretary and abortion enthusiast Kathleen Sebelius and,
of course, Sandra Fluke.
"Republicans shut me out of a hearing on contraception," Ms. Fluke
said. But why would anyone have included a Georgetown law student who
never worked her way onto the national stage until she was plucked, by
the left, as a personable victim?
What a fabulously confident and ingenuous-seeming political
narcissist Ms. Fluke is. She really does think—and her party apparently
thinks—that in a spending crisis with trillions in debt and many in
need, in a nation in existential doubt as to its standing and purpose,
in a time when parents struggle to buy the good sneakers for the kids so
they're not embarrassed at school . . . that in that nation
the great issue of the day, and the appropriate focus of our concern, is
making other people pay for her birth-control pills. That's not a
stand, it's a non sequitur. She is not, as Rush Limbaugh oafishly,
bullyingly said, a slut. She is a ninny, a narcissist and a fool.
And she was one of the great faces of the party in Charlotte. That is extreme. Childish, too.