Yesterday, some of us were taking a walk down Memory Lane — just a short one, to 2008. In that election cycle, many claims were made for Obama. I didn’t buy them. I thought he was basically a Marxist grad assistant with extraordinary political skills. But a lot of people did buy the claims — enough to elect him, obviously.
One of the claims was that he had a “first-class temperament.” And I was thinking, yesterday, “That’s possibly the thing I like least about Obama — his temperament.” His big-government policies are bad enough. But the temperament? “Mitt Romney: Not one of us,” and all that? I think he’s a nasty and divisive figure.
I believe that Obama hates the likes of us — Reagan conservatives. I believed the same about Al Gore. I remember saying during the 2000 campaign, “I’d rather be stranded on a desert island with Bill Clinton for a year than have a brief, delicious lunch at the Four Seasons with Al Gore.” You could tell that Al Gore hated you: It was on his face and in his tongue. Joe Lieberman, I felt, did not hate you. Hillary did. Kerry did. John Edwards loved himself, mainly, I thought.
Joe Biden? I have gone back and forth on him, over the decades: Goofy, basically goodhearted Irish pol or nasty, hateful partisan? It is this last campaign that has tipped me . . .
Cry me a river.