My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


The Audacity of Doubt 

When a media person finally crosses over and expresses some doubt about The One, it really comes across as shocking; all the more so because of how really outlandish the question formulation is to begin with:

His remarks came in a “60 Minutes” interview in which he was pressed by an incredulous Steve Kroft for laughing and chuckling several times while discussing the perilous state of the world’s economy.

“You're sitting here. And you're— you are laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems. Are people going to look at this and say, ‘I mean, he's sitting there just making jokes about money—’ How do you deal with— I mean: explain. . .” Kroft asks at one point.

“Are you punch-drunk?” Kroft says.

Until about 8 years ago, it was impossible to imagine a "professional journalist" posing a question to a sitting President in such a manner. EVEN IF I was cheering that somebody finally pressed the President on the point, the question itself feels to me like it crosses a line.

But that Kroft was asking it of THE ONE . . . . Well, I never! . .

I suppose the President is starting to deal with some of the dividends of cheapening the office by doing things like going on Leno in the middle of a legislative battle.

That just can't be good for the country.

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