Sleeper unawake

Maureen Dowd, according to Doug Mataconis, is living in Aaron Sorkin’s fantasy universe:

Dowd has become enamored with the idealized New York-Washington corridor vision of politics epitomized by the movie she references in her column [The American President], and even more so by Sorkin’s classic television series The West Wing. According to this vision, the President is the all powerful leader of government who, with just a little bit of persuasion and a lot of political skill can bend Congress to his will. The problem is that this isn’t how American politics works, or at least not how it works in the real world. You can’t just solve problems by being a “strong leader” and giving nice speeches. If the political winds are blowing against you, then you’re not going to win. In the case of this gun control vote, the political winds were not blowing in Barack Obama’s favor, and that’s why he failed. Dowd’s dream that he could have been some fictional President that could enact the dream liberal agenda are just that, dreams and fantasies.

“But … but … 90 percent!”

Also a fantasy.


  1. McGehee »

    23 April 2013 · 8:36 am

    There is never 90 percent public support for anything that actually gets introduced as a bill, which is why Pelosi and Reid are both averse to letting the public see what’s in bills unil they’ve already ben passed, and Obama never actually wants to submit a budget.

  2. Charles Pergiel »

    23 April 2013 · 8:48 am

    It’s just a diversion for the monkeys whilst the head monkeys steal the monkey biscuits. – Laura replying to a comment on her blog post about Chick-fil-A, but really it could be about anything you see in the newspaper or on TV.

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