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Empathecalism Then and Now

The blogger Scaramouche points out that the empathetic Obama has lifted his judicial philosophy from Professor Emil Flostre, the leading French proponent of “empathecalism” and Fred Astaire’s rival for the affections of impressionable bookstore clerk Audrey Hepburn in the musical Funny Face.

In the film, Miss Hepburn eventually comes to see that the empathecalist is a ghastly poseur. My confidence that the American people will do likewise is only somewhat dented by the awkward fact that this analogy presupposes the GOP to have the nimble grace of Fred Astaire.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.


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