After Coakley's defeat, Obama pretended that the real cause was a generalized anger and frustration "not just because of what's happened in the last year or two years, but what's happened over the last eight years."Mark Steyn adds his two golden doubloons:
Let's get this straight: The antipathy to George W. Bush is so enduring and powerful that... it just elected a Republican senator in Massachusetts? Why, the man is omnipotent.
Got it. People are so angry and frustrated at George W. Bush that they’re voting for Republicans. In Massachusetts. Boy, I can’t wait for that 159th interview.Perhaps Obama just says that because he is now largely impotent, in the strictly political sense, of course. Then again, that can't be right; it's clear this is one wounded animal still capable of inflicting great harm on the American people.
Presumably, the president isn’t stupid enough actually to believe what he said. But it’s dispiriting to discover he’s stupid enough to think we’re stupid enough to believe it.
Keep that straitjacket handy.
[This article updated since first publication. 1/23/2010.]