The horrible moment of self-knowledge that is rushing upon the educated classes who saw Obama at The One

Noemie Emery is a typical neocon, ensconsed in her own superiority and contemptuous of those who don’t support open borders like herself. But neocons have their uses, and here she lands a good one on the liberal elite:

Could it be that The One has misjudged both the times and the country?; that he made a strategic mistake in pushing for health care (and a tactical one in trusting the Congress)?; that he created a nightmare for most in his party, who face epic losses this year? Heaven forfend.

To acknowledge this is to indict their own judgment, to face the fact they themselves may be less than insightful, that “talking like us” means next to nothing, and that writing for magazines doesn’t equip one for greatness, or leadership. In fact, it only equips one to write for more magazines.

And what does this say? That our “educated class” is educated beyond its intelligence, and mistakes mastery of its patois and attitude for wisdom and competence.

It is full of itself, and values too highly its skill sets, which are entertaining, but not on the optimum level of consequence. On this optimum level are resolution, moral clarity, and an ability to understand and connect with a great many people, things for which the chattering class is not known. This class fooled itself, and much of the country, for which the country will not soon forgive it.

Obama is president, but he isn’t a good one, and he has long ceased to dazzle. He and the educated classes rose (briefly) together, and his failures and fall are their own.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 13, 2010 06:24 PM | Send

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